The ground is set for Fikayo Tomori to continue with his already tremendous growth at AC Milan. The defender is definitely part of the AC Milan long term project after starting off on loan from Chelsea before securing a permanent move. The club, aware of his prowess, recently handed him an extension to his contract and all Milan fans will be happy to know that he will be around for the next four years.
The Englishman is one of the few from England who have gone out of the Premier League in a bid to prove themselves and their worth and so far, things are moving well.
That Stefano Pioli, the Milan manager, has a lot of trust in the defender is not in doubt. He became a key admirer right after Fikayo’s arrival on loan and Pioli was instrumental in making the deal permanent. Pioli’s move to replace skipper Alessio Romagnoli in the starting 11 in favor of Fikayo says a lot. In capturing this, the defender’s finances in terms of pay, will almost double. With the new deal, his earnings (inclusive of bonuses) rise from 2m Euros to about 3.5m Euros per season.
Milan have lost a number of key players recently because of contract expiry and Paolo Maldini seems to have learnt the bitter lessons from the free departures of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Frank Kessie and the result is that the Italian giants are doing all they can to hold on top players.
Reports from Milan indicate that extensions for Rafael Leao, Ismael Bennacer and Rade Krunic are being prepared right after Tommaso Pobega’s future was sorted. These are the kind of deals that make the expert football predictions on Wincomparator back Milan to do well in their matches, and in the long run, the season.
As for Fikayo, he has had both the opportunity to learn from one of the best defenders, Simon Kjaer, and got the opportunity to put to practice what he’s learned, with Kjaer spending a lengthy period in the treatment room. Meanwhile, Fikayo also has an opportunity to mentor the upcoming Pierre Kalulu.
With Fikayo and Kalulu, AC Milan have long term projects and as things stand, they won’t be worried about grooming the replacement for the very reliable Simon Kjaer, who has lately been injury prone.
Fikayo has recently added an attacking edge to his game, and has so far justified the 29.5 million Euros spent to sign him on a permanent deal from Chelsea. He has already aided Milan to win the league and with the legendary faces around him, including Paolo Maldini, the trajectory can only go up.
With his contract extension, Fikayo becomes one of the club’s highest earners alongside Theo Hernandez, Olivier Giroud and Ante Rebic. This elite list could be joined by Portuguese star Rafael Leao who is asking for 7 million Euros per season to extend his deal with the club.