22 year old Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori rejected a deadline day loan move to West Ham, opting to stay at Chelsea instead.
Tomori has not started a Premier League game since February and faces an uncertain future given that Chelsea’s squad contains five centre-backs.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists he relies on Tomori despite the 22 year old’s limited game time for the Blues.
Lampard said, as quoted by The Guardian: “I’ve got no problem with Fikayo.
“I rely on him. That’s clear from when I took him to Derby and how I handled him last year. He’s been a fantastic player for me.
“He trains very well and when he gets his opportunity, like he had when he came on against Liverpool and in the Carabao Cup, it’s important he takes them.”
Lampard added: “Fikayo is our contracted player. We know that West Ham were interested. Fikayo took the decision not to go and that’s well within his rights. That had no bearing on my thoughts at all. He’s still a developing player.
“When I say developing, he’s had a great two years. He got himself in the England team, was one of the best defenders in the Championship and then played 20-plus games for Chelsea. It’s normal for a young player sometimes, in a squad as competitive as ours, where there are periods where you maybe aren’t playing every week.”