Thomas Tuchel believes Fikayo Tomori has “high potential” but admits he has not had time to think about the defender’s future since becoming Chelsea head coach.
Tomori, who came through the Chelsea academy, left the club to join AC Milan on loan just days before Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
The Serie A club have the option to buy Tomori for £26.6m as part of his loan deal, but the arrival of a new head coach at Chelsea has opened the possibility of a fresh start for the 23-year-old at his boyhood club.
Tomori told Sky Sports News this week that he is yet to speak to Tuchel and, while he is not top of the German’s priorities, the England international did receive positive words from the Chelsea boss.
Tuchel said: “To be very honest, I did not spend too many minutes thinking about Tomori – not because I don’t like him and don’t see his potential, but there was simply no time.
“It’s tradition in Chelsea that many players are on loan and get minutes somewhere else when they cannot make regular minutes here. This is good because it’s always the target to have players who can make it in different circumstances, who can show their qualities in different cultures and clubs.
“We will have this talk in the next weeks and months about all the guys who are on loan. But of course, I have a general impression of Tomori, which is that he has high, high potential, but I’m not into details right now. The time will come for that.”
Tuchel: Ziyech must be ready
Tuchel has made an impressive start since replacing Lampard last month, winning five of his six games in charge and taking Chelsea back into the top four of the Premier League.
The Blues’ recent success has largely been achieved without Hakim Ziyech, who has only started once in the league since Tuchel arrived.
The Morocco international has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Chelsea side during his first season and has only been able to show glimpses of the talent that helped Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals just two years ago.