The 24-year-old helped the Italian giants win their first Scudetto in 11 years final season and has turn into a fan favorite by means of his mastery of the Italian language, untypical for a Brit overseas.
He does, nonetheless, carry one thing of Chelsea inside him nonetheless and, after being on the academy for the reason that age of eight, his instinct was telling him the Champions League would take him dwelling.
“I form of knew we’d draw Chelsea earlier than the draw got here out so the very fact it has occurred now could be actually thrilling,” Tomori informed a choose group of reporters.
“It was a suspicion for me. When it got here out I keep in mind my pals have been all saying ‘you knew it, you knew it!’”
Amongst these pals are Chelsea’s previous and current gamers like Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham – who’ve themselves gone on to superb careers.
On Wednesday, when the Champions League music hits, Tomori might be considering of successful with Rossoneri and never impressing anybody in England.
“It’s good to see them once more however I’m certain it’s the identical for them in the event you ask them … when you step over that white line and the primary whistle goes it’s form of like we’re not pals anymore. We’re attempting to struggle for the three factors,” he added.
There might be extra consideration on Tomori than most on the pitch. The homecoming itself will add stress and England supervisor Gareth Southgate could also be tempted to attend the midweek European fixtures with Tomori coming to a stadium close to him.
Capped thrice for England, Tomori is preventing simply to make the Three Lions squad in Qatar and is unlikely to start out.
He admits that he desires to play however is comfortable after listening to Southgate’s clarification of what he must do to interrupt in much more recurrently.
“Each participant desires to play and also you wish to be concerned nevertheless it’s an honour for me to be chosen,” he added. “I do know now that I’m not fairly there, I’ve nonetheless acquired some stuff to do to get myself within the body to be there for the World Cup, so hopefully I can do this.
“There are lots of video games between from time to time for me to attempt to get in that squad or hopefully be able the place I can get some minutes on the pitch as effectively.
“There are issues in Milan the place the supervisor desires me to be in sure positions or do sure issues that I must attempt to keep in mind to do on the pitch and work on off the pitch to make myself a greater participant and to attempt to be higher within the construction of the staff.
“These issues I spoke to Gareth about and he agreed, so I do know I’ve to attempt to enhance these issues and, from there, we are going to see what occurs.”
That stress Tomori will face is made simpler by previous experiences. After his 15 years at Chelsea, the defender can boast of getting received a battle for the title in opposition to fierce rivals Inter Milan in entrance of 80,000 supporters at San Siro.
The scale and scale of Milan might be proven off on the “From Milan to Many” BoxPark occasion in Wembley to heat up travelling followers and people in London who again the Italian giants by permitting them to listen to from legendary defender Alessandro Nesta.
Within the backdrop of a legacy of nice defending, Tomori feels comfortable in Milan after renewing his contract till 2027 in August and he’s now capable of look again on what might have been at Chelsea.
“2020 was a troublesome 12 months, I’d have favored to have been on the pitch extra,” he admitted. “It didn’t occur for no matter cause I used to be itching to get again on a pitch and be taking part in.
“Milan gave me that chance and now I’m right here. For me, it’s one other probability to see some acquainted faces to point out how I’ve developed.
“I do know individuals have watched the video games however going again to Stamford Bridge, the place it began is an opportunity to point out myself once more.”
Initially, Chelsea’s Champions League win underneath Thomas Tuchel meant that they had few regrets promoting him for £25million. But, a 12 months on, they’ve spent effectively over £150million on three defenders.
None of that’s Tomori’s concern who insists he doesn’t goal a fast return to England.
Including: “Actually, I haven’t thought of [returning to] England to be trustworthy or too far into the longer term, or whether or not I’m going to remain right here the remainder of my profession or return to England. I simply take it recreation by recreation, 12 months by 12 months.
“Proper now, I signed a brand new contract and I feel that alerts how comfortable I’m, how snug I’m and the place I see myself for the subsequent few years. However the Premier League is the perfect on this planet, however for me proper now, being at AC Milan and in Serie A, studying the commerce as a defender, is the place I’m snug and is what’s finest for me. I’m actually comfortable right here.”
Tomori is now utilizing expertise realized at Chelsea to attempt to knock them out of the Champions League, reminding England within the technique of his worth to the nationwide staff going ahead.