Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour says that it was always a ‘dream’ of his to play in the Premier League.
He has already displayed his immense potential for the Blues having made 22 appearances for the club in all competitions having been afforded his first-team debut by Blues icon Frank Lampard.
Being a fan of Rangers, he could very easily have stayed north of the border but Gilmour has revealed that regular top-flight football in England has always been one of his aspirations and a huge reason behind leaving his boyhood club.
Talking on Pro:Direct Soccer’s Pavement to Pitch, he said: “It was always my dream to move and play in the Premier League and when I played for Scotland in the Victory Shield, there was a lot of scouts and a lot of stuff going in the paper.
“After that, I really wanted to go and pursue my dream, move to the Premier League, move to Chelsea. From that point, it just went up.
“I had a couple of teams interested. For me, it was definitely between Chelsea and Rangers. So, I came down, signed, and it was just incredible. Seeing the facilities, it was just unreal so got to see that, spoke to Jody Morris at the time.”
Gilmour certainly left his mark having made his Stamford Bridge breakthrough but his opportunities were somewhat limited under Thomas Tuchel after the German replaced Lampard.
The 19-year-old fell down the pecking order following the ex-Paris Saint-Germain’s coach’s arrival but revealed that a conversation in May finally saw the midfielder finally earn his faith.
Gilmour continued: “It was different, it’s hard. I wasn’t really playing much at the start.
“I just kept working hard in training, proving to him that I was ready he could count on me, trust me. Then I played a couple of games, I played Manchester City, Fulham and then Arsenal and he came up to me and said: ‘I trust you, you’re training well, you deserve it.’ It was good.
“His man-management is good. He comes up to you and speaks to you one-on-one, what you can do better, what you should do.”
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