Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed his desire to retain Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori on a long-term basis after their impressive starts to the season.
The pair, who graduated from the club’s esteemed academy, have become permanent members of the Chelsea first-team this season under Lampard who succeeded Maurizio Sarri in the summer.
Lampard’s promising start: Five key things to know…
- Chelsea legend Frank Lampard took charge of his former club in the summer.
- He’s overseen 14 matches to date, winning eight of those.
- No fewer than six players have played in their opening nine Premier League outings.
- Among them are youngsters Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham with Fikayo Tomori playing three league games fewer.
- Lampard has been impressed with Abraham and Tomori, but says any decision to hand new deals will not be up to him.
Tomori has previously learned at the feet of Lampard when he was sent out on loan to Derby County last season. A transfer embargo imposed by FIFA, plus the appointment of the former Chelsea midfielder, opened the door for the likes of Tomori and Abraham to walk through.
Both as well as Mason Mount, who also spent the 2018/19 season at the Rams, have been mainstays in Lampard’s exuberant side with Abraham being their leading scorer in the Premier League after registering eight goals across nine outings.
Their domestic performances haven’t gone unnoticed with England boss Gareth Southgate calling them up in the recent international break and they’ve even been linked with moves away.
Abraham’s present deal expires in 2022 with Tomori’s up a year earlier and Lampard, following a promising start, is keen for them to extend their stays but stresses it’s out of his hands.
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“Of course, I do,” he told reporters when asked if he wanted them to stay.
“That goes slightly out of my remit when they are dealing with the club. The club know I love the players, I brought them into the team this season.
“They are doing particularly well but I leave those conversations to the club to discuss contracts but, of course, I want them to be here for a long time.
“That’s the conversation for me and the club I suppose. I made it clear that they are playing very well and I want them to stay.”