Norwich confirm Billy Gilmour signing from Chelsea as 20-year-old Scotland star joins newly-promoted side on season-long loan deal and hails ‘very exciting times ahead’
- Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour will spend next season on loan at Norwich
- Gilmour won man of the match in Scotland’s Euro 2020 clash with England
- Midfielder is seen as one of the most promising youngsters in Premier League
Billy Gilmour has joined Norwich on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.
The Scotland international, who was man of the match for his country in their 0-0 Euro 2020 draw with England at Wembley, will look to gain first-team experience with the Canaries.
He completed a medical after his isolation period ended having contracted Covid-19 and missed Scotland’s final group game against Croatia.
Billy Gilmour has joined Norwich on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea
Gilmour (left) was outstanding for Scotland against England and won man of the match
Daniel Farke’s side are back in the Premier League and have secured the 20-year-old despite interest from a number of other sides.
Gilmour told the club’s website: ‘I’m very excited to be here. I can’t wait for the season ahead. I’ve been looking forward to coming here, playing as much as possible and helping Norwich City compete in the Premier League.
‘I spoke to the head coach [Daniel Farke] here. He called me and we had a nice talk about how he wants to play and how he sees me fitting in. Everything he said was what I want to do on the pitch, get the ball down and play nice football. He spoke really highly of his team and I wanted to come join here and help.
‘There are very exciting times ahead, coming in for pre-season and seeing all the lads. Let’s get to it.’
The 20-year-old is looking to gain some regular first-team experience with the Canaries
Head coach Daniel Farke added: ‘We are really happy to have brought Billy in. We must say a big thank you to Chelsea and all those involved for making this deal happen.
‘We got the feeling that he can help us a lot with his ability to link the play, his technical qualities and also his work against the ball. From the football point of view, but also from his character he is the perfect fit to our squad.
‘He will help us to achieve our targets. We still have to keep in mind that he is an unbelievably young guy and that he hasn’t played regularly on this level. We have to give him some time and space to improve and find his rhythm.’
The Chelsea starlet will be hoping to return to his parent club with plenty of experience