Chelsea youth player, Billy Gilmour, has signed a new long term contract with Chelsea which will keep him at the club until 2023. Billy recently made his Premier League debut after he came on for Tammy Abraham in the 84th minute against Sheffield United last month.
Scotland Under-21 international Billy Gilmour’s new deal is the latest commitment to young players made by new head coach Frank Lampard.
Here’s what he had to say on his new contract:
“It’s really exciting for me and my family to sign this four-year deal with the club,” Gilmour told the official Chelsea website.
“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.”
On his debut against Sheffield United:
“It was amazing to make my debut and for the gaffer to show his trust in me in a tight game,’ he continued. ‘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,’ Gilmour explained. ‘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!’
“I was one of the younger players in the team last season but this year I want to make sure I’m one of the senior figures in the dressing room, make sure my standards are high and I’m pushing the team in the right way,’ he added on his involvement with our development squad.
“We’ve got a good enough team and we’ve started really well so I don’t see why we can’t push on and challenge for the league. Individually, I want to make sure I’m involved with the senior team as much as I can be and try to push for more appearances.”