No Everton deal for Fikayo Tomori

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It was expected that Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori would end up on loan at a new club this season.

Tomori made 22 appearances for Chelsea last season but the 22-year-old did not feature at all after the campaign restarted in June.

With Thiago Silva joining Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain, Tomori may struggle for game time at Chelsea next season.

Everton had been believed to be the destination for the Chelsea defender, for at least a season-long loan move. But that might not be the case anymore.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has now insisted that he is happy with his current squad going into the new season, after the signings of Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

“I think with these three signings, we did a fantastic job,” Ancelotti told the media on Friday.

“The market is going to close on 5 October and if there is an opportunity [to sign more players], we can look. But honestly, I’m happy with the squad right now.

“We are happy to have these players. I think the club did a fantastic job. These players, James, Doucoure and Allan were the priorities for us.

“We are really happy and now we are working to have a good season and be competitive in all competitions. I think the squad has improved.

“The players are happy to come here now and they are going to use their quality for the team and the club.

“I know the passion our supporters have for us. They are really excited [by the signings], they want to have a club that is competitive in the Premier League.

“We can satisfy that desire this season, we will do our best for this.

“We want to fight for the fourth position in the Premier League and reach Europe next season. We have this ambition, and I think we can achieve it.”

Blues boss Frank Lampard has also revealed that Tomori will fight for first-team football at Chelsea this season.

When asked if Tomori would be heading out on loan, Lampard said: “With Fikayo, no, I’m not aware of those conversations getting to any point where I’m going to be talking about that.

“Fikayo trained with us today and is in contention for the Brighton game, and that’s where we’re at.

“There’s nothing specific I want him to improve, all I want him to do is work hard, show the work-ethic he’s shown me at Derby and for major parts of last season.

“I hope every player knows at that point I’m fair in how I try to pick the team.

“With four centre-backs last year, two will be unhappy pretty much every week, it’s up to them to try and make a starting place their own, and those are just the rules at a club like Chelsea.”

Tomori last played for Chelsea in February, but is still well rated at the club.

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