Nigeria-born England youngster, 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 sessionsplanned 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.”