18-year-old Scottish starlet signed long-term contract with Chelsea

London club starlet Billy Gilmour is hoping to earn a prominent role in Frank Lampard’s set up after penning a new four-year contract with Chelsea. U21 Scotland international joined the Blues from Rangers in 2015 but had to bide his time in the academy before finally being granted the opportunity to feature for the first team earlier this year.

Billy appeared in London club’s first two pre-season games in Dublin with Bohemians and St Patrick’s back in July, earning praise for his gams across the middle of the park. English coach rewarded Gilmour for his recent progress by granting the youngster his Premier League debut during a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United on August 31.

London club have announced on Thursday that the talented midfielder has now signed a new four-year contract, which will keep him at the Stamford Bridge until 2023. The box-to-box midfielder was eager to thank English manager for “showing faith” in his ability, and he is now eyeing a more regular role in the club.

Scottish starlet is excited for the future working under Frank, as he told the club’s official website: “It’s inspiring for my family and me to sign this four-year deal with the club,” the 18-year-old midfielder said the official Blues website after putting pen to paper until at least 2023.

Billy became the first Scottish footballer to feature for the London club in 17 years when he came on as a late substitute against Sheffield United, and he has been tipped to become a key figure for the Blues as his talent develops.