Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he will sit down with Billy Gilmour at the end of the season to talk about his future at the club.
The 19-year-old has just two years left on his contract and, after being substituted at half-time against Arsenal, it prompted more discussion about a potential move away from Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel was keen to point out that Gilmour was subbed last night simply due to tactical reasons, rather than because of his performance, but he didn’t give anything away in terms of what the future may hold for the Scot:
“For Billy’s situation, we will talk after the season. Right now he is here and is doing his job. It’s clear it’s very hard for him because we lacked today N’Golo and Mateo Kovacic in midfield and they are huge for us. It’s not fair to this all on his shoulders but he did a fantastic match at [Man City] and an absolutely okay match today. He was certainly not the problem.”
Frank Lampard is now a leading candidate for the Crystal Palace job, and it is believed that he will target Gilmour and teammate Tammy Abraham if he is appointed as Roy Hodgson’s replacement at Selhurst Park.
While Abraham is expected to be offloaded, things are less clear with Gilmour and we may have to wait and see the outcome of talks with Tuchel in the summer.