By James Black
Chelsea coach Jody Morris has revealed Chelsea went to great lengths to secure Billy Gilmour from Rangers earlier this year – and believes the youngster has a big future in the game.
Gilmour joined Premier League giants Chelsea in June for £500,000 after turning 16 and has been impressing in Chelsea’s Under-18 side since making the move south.
Morris has been impressed with Gilmour’s contribution on the pitch but also revealed that the youngster’s willingness to learn can only help him as he progresses in his career.
“It is an adjustment when you come down to a club like Chelsea from Scotland,” Morris said, as quoted The Scottish Sun.
“But he is adjusting really well and I’m really impressed with him.
“Not just as a footballer, but his personality and character is something that is standing out at the minute.
“The boy is not only a good kid, but someone who wants to learn and he wants to play at the very top.
“So he’s going to give himself the best chance if he carries on with that attitude.
“He’s certainly a talented boy and I’m enjoying working with him.
“There are so many top players at our place, but he is certainly one that we’ve gone all out to get from Rangers.”
Teenager Gilmour was a standout for Graeme Murty’s Under-20’s last season and was reportedly attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all credited with an interest in the then-15-year-old.
The young attacker has scored three goals in as many games for Chelsea’s Under-18’s and has been tipped to go to the very top in the game.
Composed in possession with a fantastic range of passing, Gilmour outshone players with far more experience in the SPFL Development League and would likely have made his Rangers debut last season but for rules forbidding players under 16 from playing first-team football.
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