‘It felt personal and hard to understand’ – Player opens up on Lampard’s decision to drop him from starting XI

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Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has claimed Frank Lampard’s decision to drop him from the starting XI felt personal and hard to understand.

Tomori’s dramatic slide down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge saw him go from starting 14 of Chelsea’s first 20 Premier League games in 2019, to making just two further league appearances in the whole of 2020 before heading to Italy.

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Tomori joined AC Milan in January until the end of the season, with an option for the Serie A giants to make the switch permanent for £25million.

“I will always be grateful for the opportunities he (Lampard) gave me,” Tomori told the Telegraph.

“Maybe because of our history he thought I would accept it, but from my perspective, with that history, it felt more personal and harder to understand.

“I don’t know what happened, it wasn’t really explained to me. I was suddenly out of the squad and I don’t really know why.

“I was trying to do extra and push myself more but, at that time, nothing seemed to work and nothing was explained to me.”

“It was so frustrating,” Tomori added.

“2020, football-wise, was very, very difficult, especially after the way 2019 had gone for me playing games. From being at 100 to literally going down to zero and then not knowing the reason why it had gone to zero, it was very challenging.”

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