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Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour has set a huge target of becoming the best player in the world for himself.

The Scotland youth international is the next best to come out of the country for quite some time and a lot of people believes he has what he takes to become a top player.

The 17-year-old from Ardrossan who came through the system at Rangers joined Chelsea last summer, reportedly turning down moves Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the process.

“That’s always been my ambition, to be the best player,” Gilmour said, as quoted by Daily Mail.

“If someone is better than me, I want to be better than them. I’ve always had a winning mentality and I hate losing, so when I see someone doing better, I need to match them.”

Gilmour, who went through the programme at Kilmarnock’s Grange Academy, is fast becoming the poster boy for the new technically-adept generation.

After impressing at Toulon, where he wore the captain’s armband, his Scotland Under-17s coach Brian McLaughlin said that there was no better midfielder in all the top nations.

“I just enjoy football,” said Gilmour. “None of that really bothers me. I’m too young for that. I don’t need to get myself under pressure about that.”

SFA performance director Malky Mackay is hopeful that Gilmour can make a real impact.

“He’s got a lot of potential,” he said. “He’s been on our radar since he was 11 and Craig Mulholland and the academy coaches at Rangers have given him a fabulous grounding.”

“He’s now taken another step – which is a very brave step to take, going down to Chelsea – and he’s hit the ground running.”