Former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has explained how the Pittodrie club tried to sign Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.

The 20-year-old has reached incredible heights at Chelsea, winning the Champions League and earning a call-up to the Scotland squad for Euro 2020 in the last month alone. But in his early days at Chelsea, McInnes enquired about an Aberdeen loan to make him a Scottish Premiership player.

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Aberdeen wanted the Chelsea talent. (Photo by Patrick Elmont – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

He spoke with Jody Morris – then-Chelsea coach and a player McInnes worked with while he was at St Johnstone – but talks quickly faded (Daily Mail): “I don’t know the boy but I have watched him play through the youth levels against our teams at Aberdeen.

“I have had good reports from former teammates and ex-players of mine since he moved south from Rangers. Wee Jody Morris, in particular, just loves Billy. He used to rave about him when he was part of Frank Lampard’s coaching staff at Stamford Bridge. Midway through last season I called Jody up.

“I asked him about the chances of bringing Billy up to Pittodrie on loan. My request was quickly shut down. Jody just didn’t think it was possible and you can understand why! He has been trusted to play in big games and now he has a Champions League winner’s medal to his name. Not bad for a kid who celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday.”

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