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Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori rejected a move to West Ham (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has revealed why he made a stunning U-turn on transfer deadline day and decided not to join West Ham.

The 22-year-old was set to join the Hammers on a season-long loan but decided against the move just minutes before the window closed.

Speaking on the Chelsea Mike’d Up podcast, Tomori said: ‘I had a plan going into this season going off the back of last season.

‘Obviously, in football, things change so quickly so I wanted to make sure whatever decision I made was really thought out and to try and do what’s best for me.

Tomori with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty)

‘I made the decision in the end to stay, to improve more, get some more games, gain some more experience and try and get to the levels I was at last season.

‘I wanted everything to be thought out and I thought about what was happening, especially when we had a few weeks off leading up to the new season.

‘I was talking a lot with my agent, to get some clarity what was going on. With transfers I prefer if it wasn’t last minute, but situations happen where you have to take a decision quickly.

‘It was one of those situations and, as you all know, I made a decision to stay.’

Tomori has made three appearances for Chelsea so far this season and could be involved on Saturday when Southampton travel to Stamford Bridge.

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