CHELSEA are set to hand academy graduate Fikayo Tomori a new deal, according to reports.
The centre-back jumped up a spot in the pecking order after David Luiz’s £8million Arsenal switch on deadline day.
And after starring under Blues boss Frank Lampard on loan at Derby, the Evening Standard claims Tomori will thrash out terms on an improved contract.
Tomori, 21, was the linchpin of the Rams team last season – finishing his campaign as a surprise player of the year at Pride Park.
He has already made his Chelsea debut – a substitute appearance in an end of season dead rubber THREE years ago.
Since then, he has gained experience away from the King’s Road, one of the many youngsters in the Blues’ loan army.
Tomori spent six months with Brighton and a season at Hull before his breakthrough campaign with the Rams last year.
And now, 12 years after joining Chelsea as a seven-year-old, Tomori knows that he must make his mark.
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Everton had considered a move for the youngster before news broke of Luiz’s exit.
The Brazilian’s departure ended the chances of another centre-back leaving as the Blues are unable to register any new players due to their transfer ban.
That means Lamps will have free reign to blood youngsters in what could be a fascinating season at Stamford Bridge.