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Frank Lampard confirms imminent loan release for Fikayo Tomori

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Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has confirmed center-back Fikayo Tomori is lining up for a Stamford Bridge departure loan this month.

The 23-year-old has only managed 45 minutes of Premier League action this season and has generally been left out of the Blues’ squad of the day, instead of seeing just a few minutes in the Carabao Cup.

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Tomori was limited to cup matches | GRANT ALASTAIR / Getty Images

Given his shortage of minutes, it was surprising to see Tomori give just ten minutes in Sunday’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Morecambe, and Lampard confirmed after the match that his decision was made because Tomori was about to leave the rental club.

“The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment,” Lampard said (via football.london). “He may be on loan to get games elsewhere. It was part of my thinking not to launch it today.

“I gave him a few minutes at the end, but as we watched this I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club, for him and individually. That’s why he didn’t start. But his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much lately, has been fantastic in training and in the way he is.

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Lampard preferred other options | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

Tomori has been Chelsea’s fifth central-back this season, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen the preferred substitutes for starters Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva.

A loan has been offered as the best option for months, with Chelsea fearing that the 23-year-old’s career will stall, but there were concerns that a recent knee injury suffered by Christensen could force Tomori to stay at the club.

It may have been Chelsea’s favorite outcome this month, although it emerged in December that Tomori was more than a little frustrated with his current situation, with The Athletic going so far as to say the defender was aiming to push for a permanent exit in January. .

Chelsea don’t want to lose the 23-year-old, who is seen by many as a bright prospect for the future, so agreeing to loan him may be the only way to appease Tomori.

As for potential landing points for Tomori, Leeds United have been named Premier League contender, while Ligue 1 club Rennes have long been linked with a move from the disgraced defender.

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