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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted Billy Gilmour could leave the club on loan during the January transfer window. There are no immediate plans for the youngster to depart, according to the boss.
The 19-year-old made his sixth appearance of the season in FA Cup win over Luton. In 90 minutes of football, Gilmour successfully completed 92.6 per cent of his passes and won 100 per cent of his aerial battles.
Lampard praised Gilmour for his performance, saying: “His comfort on the ball, the way he moved it, his discipline, his personality was great. If he plays like he does today, it makes it very difficult for me not to give him a run. He trains that way too. With his youth and the injury he had, and with the difficult run we’ve been on in the last month, it’s been a case of me finding the right time to get Billy in. Today felt like the right time and he was brilliant.”
However, he admitted hey will keep the ‘options open’ for him to go on loan.
Lampard said: “At the moment, he won’t go on loan but we will keep it open until the end of the month.”
Gilmour, who joined Chelsea from Rangers back in 2017, broke onto the scene with some impressive displays last term.