Billy Gilmour has revealed the exact moment he was told by Frank Lampard that he would be moving into the men's first team dressing room on a permanent basis from the development squad.
The teenager midfielder, who was handed his Premier League debut by Lampard in August at Stamford Bridge, has officially moved into the men's first team building and will form part of the senior squad going forward.
We caught up with the young Scot to talk through the move between buildings at Cobham and find out exactly when he learned of the news.
‘It’s a massive moment for me and I’m really happy,’ Gilmour explained of the move.
‘I went with the squad to Leicester and even though I wasn’t involved, the gaffer pulled me afterwards to tell me that after the winter break I’d be with the first-team permanently.
‘It’s a dream come true for me. It’s the first big step I think, moving into the first team dressing room at a club like Chelsea. It’s massive for me.
‘Knowing that the manager has such faith in you is massive, it gives me so much confidence when I step onto the field. It’s really good knowing that he trusts in you and likes the way you play, and I think that’s the same for everyone here.
‘Age isn’t really an issue here. The gaffer has shown that if you work hard and perform well, then you will get opportunities. Hopefully I can keep pushing on and work hard every day in training.’