Fikayo Tomori has explained why he did not move to West Ham when they submitted an offer to sign him from Chelsea.
The centre-back has moved to AC Milan on loan and is thriving in Serie A.
Already, Tomori has made three appearances in the league, following a spell out of the team during his time at Chelsea.
Prior to his transfer, he played just 44 minutes of PL football for the west Londoners under the management of Frank Lampard.
There was interest from the Hammers in signing Tomori in the summer transfer market, with an offer tabled on deadline day that would have seen the Englishman move to the London Stadium.
The 23-year-old has now explained why he didn’t seal the move.
Initially, Frank had told him that he’d be in the club’s plans but that once it became clear he was not, he had set his heart on a move to Everton.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Fikayo said: “I was thinking that after the way the previous six months had gone, the best thing for me to do was to go on loan and get some games and come back to Chelsea with a full season in the Premier League behind me.
“I was ready to go and I wasn’t allowed to because the manager said I was in his plans. Then, a few hours before the deadline, I got a call saying the manager had said I could go to West Ham and it was a shock because this hadn’t been in the conversation at all.
“I like to think I’m pretty logical and I think things through and, together with my dad and my agent, my plan had been that if Everton didn’t happen, I had to be prepared to stay at Chelsea. By the time the West Ham offer came, it was too late to just switch that mentality with no time to think about it.”