Rio Ferdinand hails 23-year-old for leaving Chelsea

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has hailed the decision of former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori to leave Chelsea in favour of a move to AC Milan.

The 23-year-old is having a good season in the Serie A, and Ferdinand has backed the Chelsea academy product to keep improving.

“It’s a great adventure for him,” said Ferdinand on BT Sport.

“He wasn’t getting the football he felt or wanted at Chelsea.

“You have to admire the bravery to go abroad, to go play in another league, another country, another culture and he’s hit the ground running. The reports are coming back that he’s doing really well.

“He brings security with pace – he’s very very quick. We saw him match people such as Mo Salah in a one-v-one.

“There are elements of his game he’s still got to learn – and that will come with experience and time.

“For a player to go to Italy, which is renowned for churning out good defenders, it’s a great learning place for him to be.”

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