Gilmour hints at loan move: I’m a Chelsea player right now

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner Updated: 17 May 2021 21:39 BST 2 min read
Gilmour hints at loan move: I’m a Chelsea player right now

Up-and-coming Chelsea star Billy Gilmour has suggested that he could leave the club on a loan deal in January.

The Scotland Under-21 star generated a great deal of praise with his performances in the latter part of the 2019/20 season before a knee injury stopped him in his tracks.

Since returning, he has found his path to the first team complicated by a raft of summer signings.

Gilmour made his return with the first team off the bench in the 4-0 victory over Sevilla and is hopeful of more minutes on Tuesday against Krasnodar.

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  • With the January window looming, he will not rule out a temporary change of scene to get more game time.

    “I am a Chelsea player right now. I don’t know what the future holds, but I am proud to be here and playing games and will have to wait to see what happens,” he said.

    “I need to work hard here and get my opportunity and when I do, hopefully, I take it and play well. It has been a long time out with my first major injury.

    “I was disappointed to get it, but now I am back and feeling strong and I can’t wait to be going again. There has been a lot of new signings, good players, good additions to the squad and you can see the competition for places in the team is a good thing and that’s why we are playing so well.

    “You can see they are good players that have come in, in the attacking sense we have been doing really well with the goals we’ve been scoring, but I need to focus on coming back into the team and playing again.”

    Lampard on Gilmour

    Meanwhile, manager Frank Lampard was non-committal on the youngster.

    “With Billy, I don’t want to have that thought or conversation until the window opens and it is not open now. I value him a lot in this squad,” he explained.

    “You say we have options in midfield, that quickly changes as we have seen with the winger situation. Hakim ZIyech gets injured at the weekend and Callum Hudson-Odoi gets injured in training and the numbers are not so great. I will make that decision going forward.”

    Gilmour has been linked with a move to Juventus in recent days.