Fikayo Tomori, the England international who joined AC Milan from Chelsea in 2021, has gone viral on social media after an impressive video of him speaking Italian in a recent interview emerged.
Tomori, 24, signed for Milan in a deal worth £30 million in June 2021.
The centre-back, who has been capped twice by England, has played 29 games in all competitions for the Serie A leaders so far this season.
Tomori spent six months on loan with the Rossoneri prior to his permanent move to the San Siro, meaning he’s been living in Italy for 13 months so far.
So to hear him speaking Italian in a post-match interview following Milan’s 1-0 win over Napoli on Sunday has impressed many people.
A lot of English players have struggled to learn another language after playing for clubs in various overseas leagues, but Tomori appears to be getting to grips with Italian already.
Watch Tomori’s interview here:
Tomori has been in Italy 13 months. Lovely to see the England international speaking with enough fluency to give a coherent interview in Italian. Bravo, Fikayo pic.twitter.com/OMKGCeFk6o— Patrick Kendrick (@patrickendrick) March 8, 2022
And let’s check out some of the reaction to the viral clip:
After the video went viral, Tomori tweeted: “Not perfect yet… but I’m trying.”
Chelsea legend John Terry replied: “Love this mate.”
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Tomori was named as one of football’s most intelligent players by The Sun last year.
Rather than spending time on the PlayStation, the defender used lockdown in 2020 to spend time working towards a degree in business management from the Open University.
“When this all came about I had three or four assignments left,” Tomori told Sky Sports, per the Evening Standard. “So when football stopped I just saw it as a chance to focus, get it all done and give myself a bit of breathing space.
“That is all done now, so I am a bit more bored. It is something that I thought would help me with my focus, my mind, on and off the pitch. It keeps me out of trouble as well!
“I’ve never really been a gamer. I’ve always been, I like to think, pretty intelligent, that is just me as a person.
“I like to engage my brain and keep it ticking, keep myself focused and give me something to do away from football.”