Manager Frank Lampard will look to bring on loan Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori back to Pride Park next season, if his Derby County side are promoted back to the Premier League.
Tomori has been a key figure in Derby’s defence during a season long loan from Stamford Bridge this campaign, making 54 appearances and scoring twice in all competitions to become the first loan player ever to win the club’s Player of the Season Award.
The 21-year-old’s performances have helped The Rams to reach this season’s play-off final, where they will face Aston Villa at Wembley on Monday, with a place in the Premier League at stake.
According to The Daily Record, Lampard is keen to bring Tomori back for any potential Premier League campaign next season.
The same report also claims that Scottish Champions Celtic are interested in signing Tomori, who is not thought to be one of the three players currently out on loan from Chelsea who are in the club’s first team plans for next season, according to The Evening Standard.
Despite that, Tomori still has two years left on his Chelsea contract, and with a transfer ban looming over The Stamford Bridge side, completing the signing of Tomori may still be difficult.
It is easy to see why Lampard wants Tomori back.
The 21-year-old has been a key presence at the back for Derby this season, and is clearly ready for a chance in the top tier.
With Tomori not in Cheslea’s plans for next season, a loan move back to Derby next season could be beneficial for all parties, should The Rams secure their place in the Premier League.