The 18-year-old made his debut for the club in the 2019-20 year and has made four first-team appearances in total, in the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
Signed from Rangers as a 16-year-old, Gilmour has been tipped as a star for the future as well as the diminutive midfielder has shown how Barcelona legends Xavi and Iniesta are just two players he has always looked up to.
“If you’re small, it does not matter. Some of the best players in the world are little like Lionel Messi,” Gilmour informed Target in the launch of the new Adidas Predator Mutator boots. “When I get on the ball I transfer it fast so I’m two steps ahead.
“It was constantly El Clasico I loved to see when I was young. They were my favorite players. You may place Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi up there but Iniesta was like my kind of play.
“Looking at Xavi and Iniesta, that is what I wanted to concentrate my game on. Then from the academy, you’re asked to compare your game to other players so I seemed to Cesc Fabregas when he was at Chelsea.
So I had been looking at this and then right now there is a lot of players to examine.
“They’re best players to look at since I love to get on the ball, drop deep, create play and I am always hardworking and on the move trying to find space. I love to give out a few tackles also, though I could be small. I believe I am also a small leader on the pitch also. I’m always talking and at the match.”
“I made a great deal of friends and knew each of the coaches so it was hard but it was time for a change. I wanted to fulfil a fantasy in the Premier League.”
“When you see the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Jorginho and Kovacic – we’ve got all of the best players here so that is why I needed to come here to test myself. Joining Chelsea has been the ideal choice with everything that has been there for me.
“The first season revealed that when we won the quadruple therefore it was an excellent season. You can not beat that, can you? In the squad today you learn a great deal about your game with the group. Notably, Jorginho, being the chief he is, but they’re good at speaking to you and helping you out.
“It’s exciting. The experience I’m gaining is massive. When I arrived, it was Jody Morris from the Under-18s and Joe Edwards at the Under-23s so once you go around there you may feel somewhat more relaxed as you know Joe and Jody. Subsequently, Lampard comes in – it’s truly good.
“He’s doing really well. It’s a true bonus, he came back. There’s a real togetherness when lots of young players come over in training. Just being around the top players we’ve got there, particularly with the gaffer putting plenty of trust from the young ones.
“You can see it’s shown as we’re in good form at this time. It’s been a fantastic season. I certainly heard the most from that match against Manchester United from the cup. It was tough, you understand you’ve to move the ball quickly, to not take many touches on the ball, consider your next move and be two steps ahead of the defender.”