Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour opens up on Frank Lampard rejecting transfer request
Billy Gilmour has revealed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard persuaded him not to seek a loan move before the start of the new season.Gilmour has been one of the beneficiaries of Chelsea’s two-window transfer embargo, being regularly included in the west Londoners’ matchday squads.The 18-year-old made his first-team debut in the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Sheffield United in August, coming off the bench late in the second half.A few weeks later, Gilmour was handed a place in the starting XI when the Blues welcomed League Two side Grimsby Town to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The Scotland Under-21 international will no doubt be pleased with his first-team appearances, which wouldn’t have come to fruition had he decided to go out on loan.“In pre-season, the manager had a chat with me saying he knew I wanted to go on loan but said it would be better if I stayed,” the central midfielder said.“Obviously it’s working. He’s looking at younger players.“With the transfer ban it’s hard but it’s good experience for us. Hopefully, I can try to get more first-team games.
“He talks to you normally, tells you you’re doing well and says if I want to keep training with them I need to keep my standards up.“I wanted to follow my dream and to play in the Premier League and choosing Chelsea has turned out to be the right move. I’m enjoying it. The plan for me was set up and I’m now ahead of the plan.”Gilmour admits he’s surprised to have found himself part of the first-team squad and is hopeful of racking more appearances this season.He added: “I thought I was going to play two years at Under-18s but I played one at 18s and then moved on to the Under-23s.
“This year should be my first year at 23s but I’m one of the senior players.“I am training with the first team and I have had a couple of games so I’m in a good position now.”Gilmour will be hoping to make his third Chelsea appearance on Saturday afternoon when the Blues welcome relegation battlers Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge.