Scottish youngster becomes the latest youth prospect to commit his future

Billy Gilmour has signed a new four-deal contract at Chelsea which will keep him at Stamford Bridge at least until the summer of 2023.

Gilmour featured in Frank Lampard’s first two pre-season games in Dublin back in July against Bohemians and St Patrick’s Athletic, impressing many of his talent and the potential that he is very much expected to fulfil.

And his performances in pre-season and for the Development squad at the start of the season was rewarded with the the Scotland Under-21 international making his debut for the first-team, coming on in the 84th minute in the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United.

“It’s really exciting for me and my family to sign this four-year deal with the club.

Frank has come in and everyone is buzzing, training is really good and there’s a high standard to everything we do. There are exciting times ahead and hopefully I can work hard to get more opportunities as well.

It was amazing to make my debut and for the gaffer to show his trust in me in a tight game. A draw wasn’t the result we wanted but he showed his faith in me and I thank him for that. Now I need to make sure it wasn’t just a one-off and keep showing him I’ve got a lot more to give.

When I first signed, I was having a meeting with Jody Morris [then Under-18s manager] in the Academy and Frank actually interrupted to speak to Jody, I think he was agreeing to meet him later that day for dinner.

It was surreal when Jody asked him to come in and speak to me – I was a bit starstruck just sitting there and seeing Frank Lampard walk in the room and start talking to me!”

Billy Gilmour on his new deal, his first-team debut and Frank Lampard

EDITOR’S THOUGHTS

I am delighted to hear of the news of Gilmour committing his long-term future to Chelsea. Those who know me and speak to me regularly know of my support in the ‘Scottish Iniesta’ and have nothing but absolute confidence in Billy to fulfil his incredibly high potential. Gilmour will not just to the Chelsea first-team and become an integral part there, but he’ll become one of the very best in the game in his position over the next few years.

G.O.A.T.mour has it all.

Terry Sazio

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