Tomori closing in on new Chelsea deal

Fikayo Tomori

Reports claim academy product Fikayo Tomori is in advanced talks with Chelsea over a contract extension.

Tomori has established himself as a regular in Chelsea’s first team this season and looks set to be rewarded.

The 21-year-old, who joined the Blues’ academy in 2005, earned his stripes on loan with Derby in the Championship last season.

He made 47 appearances, starting 46 times, under boss Frank Lampard as the Rams reached the play-off final.

Lampard’s appointment at Chelsea over the summer, coupled with their transfer ban, offered Tomori the chance to stake a claim at his boyhood club.

Reports suggested he was targeted by Everton, who wanted to take Tomori on loan over the summer, but Chelsea rebuffed their interest.

The centre-back has certainly grasped his opportunity, starting 11 games, and his performances at club level saw him called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad in October, making his debut the following month against Kosovo.

Chelsea recently learned their transfer ban would be lifted for January and Tomori may have feared his place could be at risk if Lampard opted to strengthen.

However, it appears he has the full backing of the former midfielder and is set to be tied down to fresh terms in west London.

Tomori’s current contract isn’t due to expire until July 2021 but the club feel he deserves improved terms after stepping up to become a more integral figure.

Talks are understood to have been ongoing over the past couple of months and have now entered an “advanced stage”, with an agreement likely to be concluded early in the new year.

Lampard has changed the culture at Chelsea since succeeding Maurizio Sarri in the hotseat, preferring to utilise academy products.

Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James have also been heavily involved and the report adds they are also in talks over new deals.