Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has opened up on his clash incident with Diego Costa back in 2015. The Englishman, then a school boy and an academy player, had been invited to train with the first team by interim boss Guss Hiddink.
The two players clashed during the training session, with Costa emerging with a broken nose. The Spaniard then had to wear a proactive mask and scored a goal in Chelsea’s 5-1 victory over Newcastle on the weekend.
“I was actually still in school and I didn’t know I had done it in training,” Tomori said.
“It was an accident, we both went up for a header and I had to flick the ball backwards and he tried to score. He headed the back of my head and he broke his nose. I didn’t know I had done it until the next day when it was all over the papers.”
“I was getting a lot of messages with people thinking I had meant to do it! It was mostly light-hearted, a lot of banter. I got back to school and people were asking about it. I was in year 10 or 11 and my mates had all seen it.
“It was all right. He didn’t kick me in training after that.”
“Yeah, I wasn’t really expecting [Luiz to leave]. I came in this season just kind of trying to improve myself and give myself the best chance to play in the Premier League. Obviously playing for Chelsea is what I’ve been doing since I was seven years old, so it’s nice it’s happened this way.”
“I know the manager has that faith in me and he’s showed me that faith last season and this year. I’ve just tried to work hard, and I knew coming back for pre-season I would have to take myself up a couple of levels and I was going to have to learn from other people. So that’s what I’ve been doing, but I want to carry on and keep improving.”
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