Billy Gilmour has asked to leave Chelsea on loan this month after being left out of Thomas Tuchel’s first matchday squad.
Tuchel took charge of the west London side for the first time since his appointment as new head coach on Wednesday, making several changes to the side for the goalless stalemate with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager named the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham amongst the substitutes, whilst there was no place in the squad for teenager Gilmour.
The 19-year-old broke into the senior side under Frank Lampard last season and impressed with a series of mature performances, with the midfielder having since made six appearances in all competitions this season after returning from a knee injury that saw him miss the start of the campaign.
However, the Mail are now reporting that Gilmour has now asked for a loan move this month following his omission from the Chelsea squad this week, the youngster keen to secure regular first-team football in a bid to boost his chances of making the Scotland squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Gilmour accepts that midfield competition will be fierce given the presence of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic and is keen to secure regular minutes following his return from injury.
West Ham have been linked with a potential move for the midfielder – alongside Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard – after freeing up the possibility of another domestic loan, turning Said Benrahma’s loan from Brentford into a permanent deal this week.