Chelsea prospect Billy Gilmour has signed a four-year contract with The Blues according to the club’s official website.

The 18-year-old Glasgow-born midfielder joined the South West Londoners from Rangers at the age of just 16 and is now regarded as one of Chelsea’s most exciting young prospects.

Gilmour initially found himself in Chelsea’s Under-18 side but he was quickly pushed into the club’s Development Squad where he tested himself in Premier League 2.

This season has seen Gilmour’s Chelsea career reach further new heights. The player was included in the first team group for the club’s pre-season programme, making his first senior appearance in the friendly fixture against Bohemians before being selected in the squad for last month’s UEFA Super Cup match.

The midfielder has clearly impressed new manager Frank Lampard since his return to Stamford Bridge in the summer and Gilmour was handed his senior debut for The Blues as a late substitute in Chelsea’s recent 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.

Gilmour could quickly become one of Chelsea’s prized assets and the club have moved quickly to agree a new contract with the player which will see him remain in South West London until summer 2023.

Blues boss Lampard could select Gilmour in his matchday squad for the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

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