The future of former Rangers starlet Billy Gilmour is uncertain, as the UK government sanctioned Chelsea owner and Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich yesterday as part of the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich has been the owner of Chelsea since 2003, with the club winning every honour there is to be won since then, including two Champions League titles and five Premier League crowns. The future of the side is now uncertain following the sanction.
The Russian cant sell the club due to having his assets frozen, and the side also cant sign players to new contracts or sell anyone either.
This sanction comes as the government believe the billionaire has had a “close relationship with Vladimir Putin for decades”, although he has denied this
Former Rangers talent Billy Gilmour faces uncertain future at Chelsea as UK government sanction Roman Abramovich
Billy Gilmour moved to Chelsea in May 2017 from Rangers as a 15-year-old, with the club receiving a £500,000 development fee for the youngster.
The player was highly rated at the Ibrox side, but he has worked his way through the ranks at Chelsea and has an extremely bright future ahead of him.
At only 20 years old, Gilmour has won the Champions League and represented Scotland at a major international tournament, shining against England before missing the final group stage match at Euro 2020 with Covid.
A loan move to Norwich was next for the Scot in a bid to feature regularly in the Premier League and boost his chances of a starting slot at Chelsea next season. Although there were links that Rangers were reportedly interesting in resigning the midfielder on loan [BBC].
The Ibrox side’s elimination in the Champions League qualifiers ended any prospect of the move taking place.
With his current contract expiring in 2023 and Chelsea unable to renew players’ deals, there remains some uncertainty about his future.
The club may have to wait to find any answers to this ongoing sanction, but Gilmour may be playing the next few months to put himself in the shop window.