Chelsea loan manager Carlo Cudicini has issued an update on the short-term future of Rangers-linked midfielder Billy Gilmour [Metro].
Gilmour, of course, started his career at Ibrox and was sold to Chelsea in 2017 aged just 15.
Since then, he’s made his senior Chelsea and Scotland debuts, wowing fans with his quality and composure on the ball for someone so young.
The 20-year-old is currently out on loan at Norwich City and things weren’t going to plan earlier in the season.
Under Daniel Farke, he went two months without making an appearance and amid rumours that Chelsea were primed to bring him back to Stamford Bridge, there was speculation that Rangers could make a move after being heavily-linked with him in the summer [Metro].
Update given on Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour
However, since Farke was sacked and replaced by Dean Smith in mid-November, Gilmour has started every match and Cudicini has confirmed that he’ll be seeing out the entire season at Carrow Road.
The former Chelsea keeper addressed Gilmour’s situation when talking about Conor Gallagher, who’s currently on loan at Crystal Palace.
“What’s important for Conor is to finish the season where he is; that’s why we’ve not put anything in place to recall him next month – it’s the same with Billy Gilmour,” he said [Metro].
“I’ve said this many times in the past, but a loan isn’t necessarily only successful if you’re playing every single minute.
“Sometimes, especially at that age, you learn just as much when you’re not in the team.”
Gilmour definitely not joining Rangers in January
Rangers have been linked with Gilmour on a number of occasions in recent seasons but Chelsea were always likely to prefer him staying in the Premier League.
Hopes were raised when he couldn’t get into the Norwich team earlier in the campaign but even though the Canaries look likely to be relegated, Cudicini and Thomas Tuchel clearly believe Carrow Road is the best place for him to be.
At least there wasn’t time for Rangers fans to get their hopes up again only for them to be dashed late on in the window.
Midfield will probably not be a priority area for the Gio van Bronckhorst next month unless a current key player such as Glen Kamara or Joe Aribo is sold.