Brighton and Hove Albion sign Scottish international Gilmour from Chelsea

Posted On 02 Sep 2022 at 1:28 am

Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour from Chelsea for undisclosed terms in a deal that is understood to be worth about £10 million

Billy Gilmour

The Scotland international has signed a four-year contract and is eligible to face Leicester City on Sunday (4 September).

Head coach Graham Potter said: “Billy arrives with a fantastic pedigree, having played in the Premier League and Champions League as well as for Scotland at last year’s Euros. He will complement our existing midfield options.

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“That experience at quite a young age shows the strength of character he has and we’re really excited by his potential.

“Now it’s about allowing him the time to get used to a new environment and settling in to our club. We can’t wait to work with him.”

The 21-year-old, from Ayrshire, came through the ranks with Glasgow Rangers before moving to Chelsea in 2017.

He made his Premier League debut aged 18 as a substitute against Sheffield United in 2019 before making two appearances in the Champions League in 2020-21 as Thomas Tuchel’s team won Europe’s biggest competition. Gilmour was an unused substitute in the final.

He spent last season on loan with Norwich City and made a couple of dozen Premier League appearances.

Gilmour said in an interview on the Albion website that he had spoken to two former Chelsea players who were now at Brighton – fellow teen Levi Colwill and 21-year-old Tariq Lamptey.

As a “technical” player, Gilmour said that he was looking forward to being part of a side that played good football like Brighton.

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