The saying that ‘Naija no dey carry last’ came to fore on Sunday when Nigeria born England international Fikayo Tomori dazzled Italian fans after conducting post match interview in Italian. Tomori practically blew fans away by speaking their native language in a post-match interview, just 13 months after signing for Serie A giants AC Milan.
The 24-year-old was loaned to Chelsea’s Italian side in January 2021, before moving permanently to Serie A in the summer.
He has made 29 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A leaders so far this season and showed his dedication off the pitch by learning to speak their language fluently.
Tomori was interviewed after AC Milan scored a 1-0 win over Napoli in their Serie A game on Sunday afternoon.
Tomori decided to show his dedication to the club by showing off his new language skills.
He conducted the entire interview in Italian after learning the language for the past 13 months
During the interview he said: “[Victor] Osimhen is a very strong striker and also fast, Napoli is a strong team,” he began.
‘Today, Pierre [Kalulu] and myself and the whole defense played a great game. We are happy, but we still have 10 games to go. We have to play the way we played today and also raise the bar.”
Tomori responded to the footage of him speaking Italian on social media by saying, “Not perfect yet…but I’m trying.
Fans were amazed at Tomori’s ability to speak Italian. Many took to Twitter to praise the 24-year-old’s fluency.
One supporter wrote: ‘I love this. Really love it. It’s fantastic to see young players go abroad and do everything they can to fit in and maximize the experience.”
Another added: ‘Huge respect for Tomori for this. Great to see British players make the effort to learn the language and sound authentic when they speak it.”
One Twitter user wrote: ‘I love this. we need more of our talented youngsters to be brave and go abroad if they don’t get PL minutes. Immerse yourself in the culture and the language and grow. Tomori will go far.’
While one fan said: ‘That’s crazy, hats off to him, he makes it look so easy’, before another added: ‘Don’t ever tell me footballers are fat again’