Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori has said he is keen on re-signing for Derby County next season.
Reports have suggested Celtic are keen on recruiting the England Under 21 international following his excellent loan spell at the Rams.
However, speaking after Derby’s playoff final defeat to Aston Villa yesterday, Tomori was asked if he’d consider a return to Pride Park, and he replied:
“Of course, I have loved it. I grew so much as a player. Derby is such a great club. The manager has shown me a lot of confidence playing me in a lot of games. I have nothing but good words to say about Derby, the club, the fans and my team-mates.”
Tomori’s future is up in the air for a number of reasons. Chelsea are currently under a transfer ban, and will likely keep a fair number of their loanees for the first team next season.
In addition, it is still unknown who will be the club’s manager. Maurizio Sarri has been tipped to take over at Juventus with Derby boss Frank Lampard his likely successor at Stamford Bridge.
Considering Tomori worked with Lampard at Derby, he could even have a role to play for Chelsea next season, rather than being sent out on loan.
For Celtic, then, their prospects of signing the 21-year-old very much depends on a number of things going their way.