Fikayo Tomori says he is happy at AC Milan but accepts the decision as to whether his loan move from Chelsea is made permanent this summer is out of his control.
The 23-year-old joined the Rossoneri for the remainder of the campaign in January after falling out of favour under previous Blues head coach Frank Lampard.
Tomori made only seven appearances for Chelsea throughout 2020 and was the club’s fifth-choice centre-back when the decision was taken for him to move to San Siro shortly before Lampard was sacked.
The Blues’ academy graduate quickly established himself as a key figure in the heart of the Milan defence and the club are keen to take up the £26million option to make his signing permanent once the current season has concluded.
“He has imposed himself with great determination and talent,” AC Milan vice-president Franco Baresi told Gazzetta dello Sport last week.
“He arrived in a league he didn’t know and faced it without fear. They are the qualities of a potential champion. We hope he keeps his promises.
“We will do everything possible to redeem him, even if there are still two months to play and it will not only depend on Milan”.
Given the form that Tomori has displayed for Milan, coupled with his enjoyment of living in the Italian city, it’s little surprise to hear he is open to remaining with the Serie A club.
But he appreciates the final decision over his long-term future is out of his hands. That is down to Milan and Chelsea.
“I like Italy,” he explained in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. “The weather is better compared to England, the people are calmer. There is time to relax, everybody is in a hurry in London.
“My family and friends are in the United Kingdom and I obviously miss them as normal, but I am [doing] great in Milan.
“I was surprised to see how quickly the fans started to embrace me. They are very affectionate. It was easy to get acclimate since everybody was so friendly.”
He added: “I am glad the supporters want me to stay at Milan. But it is not just up to me to decide.
“I enjoy myself and live in the moment. I am happy to be here and do not think about it too much.”