‘I’m a Chelsea player right now’ – Gilmour discusses loan but Lampard keeps option open

Billy Gilmour is set to fight for his place at Chelsea following his return from a knee injury he suffered in July, but Frank Lampard has not ruled out a January loan for the youngster.

The 19-year-old signed for the Blues three and a half years ago as part of a £ 600,000 ($ 800,000) transfer from Rangers and has since risen through the ranks to Lampard’s first team. However, a knee injury suffered against Crystal Palace last season halted his progress after a breakthrough that made headlines in senior football.

The Blues have since spent £ 220million ($ 275million) on new signings and have climbed into the league title race since his recent return. Yet the Scotland Under-21 international is not hiding from increased competition.

“I’m a Chelsea player right now. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m proud to be here and playing games and I’ll have to wait and see what happens, ”Gilmour told reporters before his team shocked him. Champions League with Krasnodar.

“The gaffer was really good to me. He spoke to me while I was injured. I have to work hard here and take my opportunity and when I do, I hope I take it and play well. a long time with my first serious injury.

“I was disappointed to have him, but now I’m back and I feel strong and can’t wait to go back. There have been a lot of new signings, great players, great additions to the game. The team and you can see the competition for the squad spots is a good thing and that’s why we are playing so well.

“You can see that they were good players who came in, in the offensive sense, we are doing really well with the goals we scored, but I have to focus on getting back into the squad and playing again.

“Chelsea are a massive team and everyone knows the standards. That’s why we do so well in the league.”

Chelsea have advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League and confirmed their top spot with one game to go after beating Sevilla 4-0 last time around.

On the final day of the squad, Krasnodar will travel to Stamford Bridge with little to play, and it will allow Lampard to give Gilmour his first start since his knee problem.

Having already given him his Champions League debut on the bench, Lampard has spoken in detail about his plans for Gilmour next month and the winter transfer window.

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“I think Billy will start tomorrow,” Lampard told the Cobham Training Center. “With Billy, I don’t want to have that thought or conversation until the window pops up and it’s not open now. I really appreciate him on this team.

“You say we have options in midfield, it changes quickly as we have seen with the winger’s situation. Hakim is injured this weekend [versus Leeds] and Callum is injured in training and the numbers are not that good. I will make this decision in the future. “

Gilmour’s impressive start to his professional senior career has only added to the value the Scottish Football Association (SFA) places on his young talents.

Having been with the Under-21s since he was just 15, there are now strong calls for him to make his senior debut under Steve Clarke.

Clarke’s side have qualified for Euro 2020, which will now take place in the summer of 2021, and Gilmour is keen to participate in discussions to be part of the squad ahead of the group matches against England, Croatia. and the Czech Republic.

“I am a Chelsea player and I have to work hard here, I hope the opportunity presents itself,” he continued. “It would be amazing, but I have to play here, work hard and play well.”

He went on to describe his feeling of seeing Scotland advance on penalties in a European Championship play-off with Serbia: ON TV.

“When they scored to equalize it was tense, but after that and through we were buzzing. We were all jumping and celebrating. It was a good feeling.”

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