Frank Lampard and Chelsea have secured the future of promising academy player Billy Gilmour.
18-year-old Gilmour has signed a new four-year contract with Chelsea.
He is now added to a list of development players who’s futures Lampard has prioritised. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount and Marc Guehi have all already signed new terms.
The Glaswegian teenager, made his premier league debut in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.
Lampard also used Gilmour during the preseason, where he featured in two games.
His new contract keeps him at Stamford Bridge until 2023.
In an official statement from the club, Gilmour said:
“It’s really exciting for me and my family to sign this deal.”
“Frank has come in and everyone is buzzing, training is really good and there’s a high standard to everything we do.”
“There are exciting times ahead and hopefully I can work hard to get more opportunities as well.”
“It was amazing to make my debut and for the gaffer to show his trust in me in a tight game.”
“I thank him for his faith in me, now I need to make sure it wasn’t just a one-off and keep showing him I’ve got a lot more to give.”
“I want to make sure I’m involved with the senior team as much as I can be and try to push for more appearances.”
Gilmour arrived from Glasgow Rangers only a couple of years ago.
He is under no illusion that he will be considered a first-team regular just yet and will probably still feature heavily in the academy games.
He said of his development:
“I was one of the younger players in the team last season but this year I want to make sure I’m one of the senior figures in the dressing room.”
“I need to make sure my standards are high and I’m pushing the team in the right way.”
“We’ve got a good enough team and we’ve started really well so I don’t see why we can’t push on and challenge for the league.”
“Individually, I want to make sure I’m involved with the senior team as much as I can be and try to push for more appearances.”
📝 A new Chelsea contract for Billy Gilmour! 👏
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 12, 2019