Sources: Leicester City failed in late-window move to sign Chelsea midfielder
Chelsea knocked back a late-window approach from Leicester City for midfield sensation Billy Gilmour, Football Insider can reveal.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were keen to take Gilmour, 19, on loan from the Blues for the second half of the campaign.
But Chelsea rejected Leicester’s move because, a club source told Football Insider, they did not want to let a senior player join a rival chasing a top-four Premier league finish.
The Scottish midfielder and Rangers academy product had been linked with a loan move to get regular game time after slipping down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
He was not playing regularly before Frank Lampard’s dismissal last week and new boss Thomas Tuchel has left Gilmour out of the Chelsea squad for his first two games in charge against Wolves and Burnley.
The central midfielder is keen to cement his place in the Scotland squad for the Euros this summer.
But he will have to now do so at his parent club as he looks to win over Tuchel in the coming months.
Gilmour made a huge impression for Chelsea last Spring before the first lockdown but his progress has subsequently stalled, partly due to a knee injury.
He has nonetheless made 17 senior appearances for the Blues, six of which have come this season.
Rangers were unable to stop Gilmour quitting in the summer of 2016 to head south of the border.
The Ibrox club eventually accepted a £500,000 compensation fee for Gilmour as he ran down his deal.