The teenager, Billy Gilmour has signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea. This is after his senior debut in the Premier League last month.
Gilmour made his first Premier League debut in the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United before the international break. He became the first Scot to play for Chelsea in 17 years. The midfielder has signed until 2023.
The Scotland Under-2 international featured in Frank Lampard’s first two pre-season games in Dublin in July before returning to start the season with the development squad.
Gilmour has impressed in midfield for Andy Myers’s young side. With his tenacious and energetic displays, he scored at Manchester City in PL2 before Lampard named him on the bench. He then brought him on against Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
He said, “it is really exciting for me and my family to sign this 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.”
Gilmour became the first Scot in 17 years to play for Chelsea when he replaced Tammy Abraham with six minutes remaining against the Bladed last time out. The 18-year-old was delighted to make his senior bow.
“It was amazing to make my debut and for the gaffer to show his trust in me in a tight game.”
“A draw is not what 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. I should keep showing him I’ve got a lot more to give.”
“I want to make sure I’m involved with the senior team as much as I can and try to push for more appearances.”
Gilmour first meeting with Lampard
Gilmour first met Lampard in the Academy at Cobham as he sealed his 2017 switch from Rangers. Neither of them could predict then that their paths would cross again so soon and so significantly.
“When I first signed, I was having a meeting with Jody Morris in the academy and Frank interrupted to speak to Jody,” Gilmour explained. “It was when Jody asked him to come in and speak to me.”
The 18-year-old could feature alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James when the development side faces Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Friday.