Billy Gilmour’s move to Chelsea has been officially finalised, with the teenage wonderkid posing for pictures alongside the Blues’ new kit and his family ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
The creative midfielder, now 16, has joined the Premier League champions with a £500,000 developmental fee alongside performance-related and career milestone bonuses to be paid in future.
During an interview with SFA Performance Schools he said, “It’s always been my dream to go to the Premier League and what better club to go to than the champions.
“They have a very successful youth and I’ve always wanted to play best vs best and all the best players are at Chelsea. I want to go to the highest standard and see where I go.”
He has been heavily criticised ever since the move was announced in May, especially as first-team opportunities are slim at Chelsea and it’s unlikely he’ll get a chance with the seniors.
However when questioned about the various media coverage surrounding his move, Gilmour said, “I just kind of laugh. Just a wee guy looking at it thinking it is funny. People say don’t take it in, all the bad and good stuff, just take it with a pinch of salt.”
Gilmour is expected to feature for Chelsea’s u18 and u23 sides next term, as well as potentially earning an opportunity during their return to UEFA Youth League action after missing last year’s instalment as the senior squad failed to qualify for the competition.