“It was a special day” – Fikayo Tomori reveals the Chelsea moment he would forever treasure

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Fikayo Tomori came through the Chelsea academy system before leaving for AC Milan in the summer after initially joining the Italian side on loan in January.

The former Chelsea defender has admitted playing his first Champions League game with Chelsea against Valencia will always remain special.

“When you’re young you’re just playing for fun and you never really know how far it’s going to go. Then, as you get older, you get closer and closer and you see people playing with the first team; you start to take it more seriously,” Tomori said.

“So, growing up at Chelsea has definitely shaped me, as the player I am today. I’ve played with a lot of good players, been with a lot of good coaches, and then I had the opportunity to play in the first team – and it’s got me to the stage I am now.

“I was lucky enough to do it with people that I’ve been playing with growing up: Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James. I remember walking out against Valencia and to hear the Champions League music, it was surreal.

“Talking before the game, we were so excited, and during the game and after we were kind of like, ‘Wow, this is the Champions League; this is the real stage.’ It was a special day.

“Tammy is a childhood friend; we grew up together and we always kind of end up being around about the same place – so yeah, we speak almost every day because we’re really good friends. Having him here and for him to experience this like I am is great.”

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