Tomori new deal on tour
News Mon 1 Aug 2016
Fikayo Tomori , one of the young players on the team’s tour of America, has signed a new four-year contract with the Blues.
The 18-year-old made his Chelsea debut in the final game of last season and has been training with the first team during the pre-season period, having scored in the finals of both the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League last season.
‘It’s good for me, a confidence booster knowing I did well last year and being rewarded with a new contract. Now I’ve got to improve and show my worth,’ said the 18-year-old.
‘It’s been good to spend the pre-season with the first team, to learn from the older players and know what it’s like to be on a tour and see how they are preparing for the season.’
The summer is a testing time for a footballer, with training traditionally intense as they ready themselves for the campaign ahead.
While in the US, the squad has regularly trained twice daily, with two sessions planned for Monday. Tomori explains the routine.
‘We wake up and go to breakfast at around 8.30 before we head off to training which here in Minnesota is about 25 minutes away, we train hard, go back to the hotel for lunch, have a bit of downtime and then there’s often a team meeting after we’ve had a rest. Then it’s off to training again before dinner and a rest. It’s chilled out for us but when we train then it’s obviously very serious and hard work, which is good.
‘The manager wants us to work hard and get into shape quickly so it’s taxing on the body and we all have certain things we have to do that will help us. There is lots of tactical work too, knowing where you should be at certain times, with and without the ball.
‘We have to adapt to the time difference too. Training is hard work, so we have to rest, we sleep a lot, think about training sessions and speak about what’s going to come.’
And how about the free time? The squad has darts, table tennis and PlayStation to keep the players entertained, while some have taken in the baseball in Minneapolis or visited the Mall of America, the largest of its kind in the country.
Each player also has his own hotel room for relaxation. There are plenty of box sets and series to go through, while of course a pair of Beats By Dr Dre headphones are never far away.
‘I’ve been listening to a bit of music, at the moment I’m listening to some of the stuff the French boys have been listening to, Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy have been getting me into it,’ the Canada Under-20 international said.
‘I’ve also downloaded a series called Everybody Hates Chris, which is what I’m watching. When I’m being social I’m with Ola Aina, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tammy Abraham , Nathan Baxter, the younger boys. Tammy and I have been in the same team since we were eight years old.’
It has been a decade of development for Tomori, and indeed Abraham. The future looks bright, and the hard work continues.