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Just last season, Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori was playing Championship football while on loan with Championship side Derby County.
The 21-year-old impressed for the Rams under Blues boss Frank Lampard, and the Chelsea manager brought him to the first team upon his appointment as Chelsea manager.
Tomori who excelled in the Championship has revealed that he belongs to the level of playing in the Premier League, and is looking to achieve more with Chelsea.
“It was just about me feeling like I belonged and that I could play at this level,” the 22-year-old told the official Chelsea website.
“I had spent two-and-a-half years in the Championship and with Derby last season I managed to win Player of the Year and get to Wembley for the play-off final so I knew I’d had a good season.
“I wanted to challenge myself at the next level, which was the Premier League. I wanted to do it for Chelsea, the club that I’ve been at since I was eight; a club that’s won the Champions League, the Premier League, FA Cups, everything.
“They won the Europa League the previous season so being able to come into that team and show myself, show the manager and the fans and my team-mates, show everyone that I could play at that level, was really important.
“I managed to do that in those early games and showcase what I could do and I’ve managed to carry that through. Now, it’s just about trying to maintain that level, not drop below it and keep on improving it.”
Speaking about his Champions League experience so far, Tomori admits it’s a dream come true.
“Hearing the Champions League music for the first time is something special,” he admits.
“I remember when we played away at Ajax, Tammy [Abraham], Mason [Mount] and I were looking at each other like ‘wow, we’re playing in the Champions League. We’ve just won away in the Champions League!’ Those kind of moments are when you realise you’re on the big stage.
“It is definitely different to playing in the Premier League, especially because abroad in places like Spain and France they have different styles of play and a different tempo. Being able to adjust to that, impose yourself and manage the game is something that you have to learn as well.”