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Tomori on how Maldini urged him to choose Milan

Sunday24 January 2021 | 13:53
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The Blues player revealed how Milan’s legend convinced him to move to Italy over a phone call.

Chelsea

player,

Fikayo Tomori

, explained how

AC Milan

legend and current technical director,

Paolo Maldini

, convinced him to join the Serie A club on a loan.

The 23-year-old, who was loaned to Milan with the option to buy for €30m by the end of the season, said:

“I chose to come here to AC Milan because it’s a club with a great history, with great players and obviously the club is in a good moment right now.”

“It’s an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. It’s a huge honour for me to be here.”

“When I first got the call, I was a bit… I wouldn’t say confused, but I was surprised! I spoke to Paolo Maldini. The best defender to ever play football was talking to me and asking me to come, so from there I knew that this is where I wanted to come and play football and to learn from him as well. I’m very happy to be here now.”

“Paolo Maldini, the best defender that ever played! When I was young and I was [playing as] a striker or a midfielder, Kaka was someone that I really enjoyed watching, [Clarence] Seedorf as well.”

“To be able to put on the shirt that they wore is a huge honour and if I have half the success that they had, I’ll have a good time here.”

Later explaining his decision to choose No.23, Tomori added:

“I’m 23 years old so I thought I’d choose No. 23. Michael Jordan [is someone] I look up to a lot and he wore No. 23, so I think it made a lot of sense for me to choose it. Hopefully I can be successful in it.”

“Off the pitch, I’m very relaxed, very chilled. I like to spend time with family and friends and be quite focused.”

“On the pitch, I’m quite aggressive, I like to win the ball, go and take the ball off opponents. I like to defend, I enjoy defending and helping the team to win. That’s the attitude I’m going to bring to this team.”

“I spoke to the manager and he was very happy for me to join. He gave me the fire to come and play and to enjoy myself.”

“I spoke to some players who had been here before and who have played in Italy before and everyone had only good things to say about Milan. It was 100 per cent AC Milan for me.”


source: SportMob