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30th May, 2018 | 9:15am

'Couldn't turn it down' - Billy Gilmour opens up on leaving Rangers last summer

Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has insisted he will always be “thankful” to Rangers for his time at Ibrox –  but admitted that when he saw Chelsea’s plans for him he “couldn’t” turn a move to Stamford Bridge down.

The 16-year-old joined Chelsea last summer after impressing in the Academy at Ibrox and attracted attention from clubs across Europe before joining Antonio Conte’s side.

The 16-year-old also revealed that the Chelsea move was a “no-brainer” for him after the Blues made their interest known, saying everything about the Premier League giants was “incredible”.

“I spent a lot of time on the decision. It was between Rangers and Chelsea. Most of my family are Rangers fans and I love the club. I’ll always be thankful for everything they did for me. But when Chelsea showed me what my development plan was going to be, I couldn’t turn it down. Everything about the club was incredible,” Gilmour said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

“If you really know what you want, it’s an easy decision. If boys are hesitant – who say they want it but don’t really – it can be difficult. But my aim has always been to play at the best level. I’ve always wanted to play against older players, get the best coaching, stay behind and do more.

“So when I heard Chelsea came in it was a no-brainer.”

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Football Insider verdict:

12 months ago, Gilmour had his pick of clubs from across Europe and the UK ater bursting onto the scene in the Gers’ Under-20s and it isn’t a surprise to see him continuing his rise to the top at Chelsea. Having watched Gilmour regularly during his time for the Gers, the young midfielder has the potential to be the best player to have ever come out of Scotland and the only thing that will stop him from reaching the top will be himself. Even when he was 15 and playing for the Light Blues’ Academy sides, he would show maturity well beyond his years as he worked his way up the ranks towards the first-team. While it may be a while before Gilmour reaches the first-team at Stamford Bridge, the Scottish Under-21 international has a fantastic chance to make a name for himself at Chelsea and go on to have an incredible career.

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