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Billy Gilmour asks to leave Chelsea on loan


Young Chelsea Billy Gilmour has asked to leave Stamford Bridge on loan for the remainder of the season to increase his chances of making the Scottish squad for the European Championships this summer.

A marginal player under former boss Frank Lampard, Gilmour was left out of the squad for Thomas Tuchel’s opener in charge – Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Wolves – with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic instead.

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Gilmour impressed Lampard | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

A loan was announced even before Lampard was fired, but rumors have multiplied since, and the Daily Mail now says Gilmour has asked to find a new temporary home for the remainder of the campaign, as he fears the odds under Tuchel are limited.

Gilmour has barely recovered from knee surgery and is eager to prove his fitness heading into the Euros this summer. He has yet to make his senior debut for Steve Clarke’s Scotland, but has been named as a potential late call to the squad.

Interest from the Premier League and the top end of the league is expected, while a return to Rangers from Steven Gerrard has also been touted.

The Telegraph expects Chelsea to grant Gilmour’s wish and send him a six-month loan. There is real excitement around the Scotsman at Stamford Bridge and the Blues don’t want to hold back his growth by keeping him around at the moment.

Gilmour is described as one of the Most Wanted players as we near the end of the transfer window, which suggests that many teams are keen to take the 19-year-old for the remainder of the campaign.

In total, Gilmour has made 17 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, including six this season. However, with his knee injury preventing him from going out until November, he was limited to just 34 minutes of Premier League action.

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Tuchel left Gilmour out of his first team | Pool / Getty Images

It was hoped that Lampard would give Gilmour a few more minutes for the remainder of the campaign, although the pair are due to hold talks this week to make a final decision on a loan transfer.

That obviously isn’t happening now, with Tuchel being the man calling the shots these days, and it looks like Gilmour would rather leave the club for now to make sure his international hopes stay alive.

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