Chelsea coach Frank Lampard said Milan target Fikayo Tomori has ‘a long-term future’ at the Stamford Bridge but won’t rule out a loan deal.
The Rossoneri have, according to Il Corriere dello Sport, abandoned the Mohamed Simakan deal with Strasbourg, as the Ligue 1 defender has been ruled out with an injury.
The reports in Italy claims the Diavolo are now focusing on securing a loan deal with Chelsea over Tomori.
Lampard said the young defender could move on loan this winter, but reassured the player has a future in London.
“Fikayo Tomori absolutely has a long-term future at this club, and we’ll see if and when he goes on loan,” Lampard said, according to BT Sport.
“The moment I got close to Fikayo was when I brought him to Derby and he was the player of the year there and, in my opinion, one of the best players in the Championship that year.
“Then he came back and played 20-plus games for us at a very young age last year and got in the England squad.
“There’s an absolute long-term plan for Fikayo in my head, about his career by him here.
“And if it’s to go to play games, it’s to absolutely enhance his personal development.
“Hopefully he'll help whatever team he goes to, because that will come in hand, and then he can come back to us a better player.”