Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has opened up on why he backed out of a move to Premier League side West Ham on the last day of the transfer window.
All seemed set for the youngster to move to East London, but the move collapsed as the window shut on October 5.
Speaking to Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast, Tomori said he wanted to fight for a place in the Chelsea lineup and not ‘finding the easy way out’.
“I had a plan going into this season going off the back of last season,” he said.
“Obviously, in football, things change so quickly so I wanted to make sure whatever decision I made was really thought out and to try and do what’s best for me.
“I made the decision in the end to stay, to improve more, get some more games, gain some more experience and try and get to the levels I was at last season.”
The defender further noted that the offer to move to West Ham arrived quite late, and he did not have much time to think through it.
“I wanted everything to be thought out and I thought about what was happening, especially when we had a few weeks off leading up to the new season,” he added.
“I was talking a lot with my agent, to get some clarity about what was going on. With transfers, I prefer it if it wasn’t last minute, but situations happen where you have to take a decision quickly.
“It was one of those situations and, as you all know, I made a decision to stay.”
The 22-year-old enjoyed a somewhat impressive introduction to life at Stamford Bridge but fizzled out midway through the season.
He will face stiff competition for the limited defensive roles, with the likes of Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, and Thiago Silva all ahead of him in the pecking order.