Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has opened up on why he left Glasgow Rangers academy for Chelsea academy as a 15-year-old 4 years ago.

Despite doubts from some Scottish people, the 19-year-old went on to graduate from the tough Chelsea academy to the main team without a loan spell at another club.

Gilmour, who’s just returning from a knee injury that kept him out of action this season said he was just chasing his dream of playing in the Premier League and Chelsea was the perfect place to achieve it.

“When I signed for Chelsea, there were a lot of folk asking the questions over why I left,” Gilmour told the Four Lads Had A Dream Podcast as quoted by The National.

“They said I was just going to be missing. But I wanted to follow my dream and if I had never done it, I would have regretted it.

“I took the chance, I worked hard and I came down here and believed in myself and my own ability to go to the top and play against these top players.

“So far things have gone well. I have made my first-team debut against Sheffield United, I have played against top teams like Liverpool. Everything is going really well just now and I am still developing.

“I have always said that my dream was to play in the Premier League and I got one step closer by signing for Chelsea.

“What made my decision was when you see all the players that have come out of the Chelsea youth academy and they are top players. Maybe they are not at Chelsea but they are playing at top clubs, like Nathan Ake at Manchester City.

“You see the youth players coming through at Chelsea now – like Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori – and they have won the FA Youth Cup seven times in the last ten years. It is incredible, the youth setup is amazing and I just had to take the next step in my career and go and challenge myself again.”

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