Billy Gilmour was the subject of plenty of speculation in the January transfer window – but Thomas Tuchel has now explained why the Scotland starlet didn’t leave Chelsea.

The teenage midfielder is eager for regular senior chances after 11 appearances last term under Frank Lampard. He has made two Premier League cameos this term and has also impressed in Chelsea cup matches.

Chelsea Training Session & Press Conference

The Scotland starlet has impressed Tuchel. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

New boss Tuchel hasn’t included him in any Premier League squads of his as yet but insists that Gilmour is getting close. It was reported that the midfielder wanted a loan move away from Chelsea to fuel his ambition of playing at Euro 2020 for Scotland this summer.

And while several clubs were linked, Tuchel says the midfielder is very close to his senior plans:  “It was maybe the most comfortable transfer period in my life as a professional coach.

“I was in only a few days (before the window closed), I was happy with every guy that was out there on the pitch, and there were no big injuries. So there was no need for one minute to think about bringing players in.

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Sticking around for the time being. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“In the opposite sense, we decided to keep Tino Anjorin and Billy Gilmour with the group, because I like a lot of what I see from the two guys. Billy is very, very close (to the side) in terms of quality, work ethic and personality. He is very, very close.

“So we decided very very quickly, it was not even a decision, it was simply clear that we go with this group going forward.”

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