Chelsea star demands January transfer exit amid Leeds and Newcastle interest

Chelsea: Lampard insists job isn't under immediate threat

Fikayo Tomori has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football this season, and has fallen firmly down the pecking order at Chelsea following the arrival of Thiago Silva. He is now said to be looking for a new club, with Leeds and Newcastle previously credited with interest.

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has reportedly asked to leave the club during the January transfer market.

It is claimed that he is unhappy with his lack of playing time under manager Frank Lampard.

Tomori has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football this season, and has fallen firmly down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Silva.

That is a stark contrast to the 15 games he played last term, including a run of 11 consecutive starts, though he fell away towards the end of the season.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, he wants to leave his boyhood club in search of regular playing time.

It does not seem clear whether that will be on loan or a permanent deal, with Tomori claimed to be keen on either to ensure he can continue to develop.

Leeds and Newcastle have been credited with interest in Tomori in the past, and will no doubt be keeping close tabs as the situation unfolds.

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The 23-year-old earned an England call up due to his form last season, even earning his first senior cap.

Tomori’s showings also earned high praise from several former Chelsea players, with Joe Cole comparing him to ex-team-mate William Gallas.

“He reminds me a lot of the young Gallas,” Cole said on BT Sport after Tomori’s breakout performances. “For me his development has been absolutely perfect.

“He’s had his whole youth at Chelsea in the academy, then he’s gone on loan to Derby.

“The first six months is under Frank, then Ashley Cole’s come in to play next to him, and Ashley used to speak to him every game, you couldn’t think of a better way to educate him to become a top centre-half.

“You look at young centre-halves and you look at what they’re going to be like two or three years down the line and he will get even better.”

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