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Chelsea wonderkid Billy Gilmour has revealed he asked to leave the club on loan this summer but his request was rejected by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who insisted it would be better if he stayed at Stamford Bridge instead.
Gilmour believes staying at Chelsea has been the correct decision as he has since made his debut in the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
Gilmour said: “In pre-season the manager had a chat with me saying he knew I wanted to go on loan but said it would be better if I stayed.
“Obviously it’s working. He’s looking at younger players. With the transfer ban it’s hard but it’s good experience for us. Hopefully, I can try to get more first-team games.
“He talks to you normally, tells you you’re doing well and says if I want to keep training with them I need to keep my standards up.
“I wanted to follow my dream and to play in the Premier League and choosing Chelsea has turned out to be the right move. I’m enjoying it. The plan for me was set up and I’m now ahead of the plan.
“I thought I was going to play two years at Under-18s but I played one at 18s and then moved on to the Under-23s.
“This year should be my first year at 23s but I’m one of the senior players. I am training with the first team and I have had a couple of games so I’m in a good position now.”