Billy Gilmour says the chance to play regular football was a big motivation behind his loan move from Chelsea to Norwich City – as were Scotland teammates Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean.

Both Hanley and McLean have been key assets for Scotland before and during Euro 2020. Gilmour has joined them at Norwich upon their return to the Premier League, Chelsea looking to give the young midfielder regular minutes. Scotland manager Steve Clarke handed Gilmour his competitive international debut in a Man of the Match performance against England last month.

Chelsea have sent Billy Gilmour to Norwich City.
Chelsea have sent Billy Gilmour to Norwich City. (Photo by Patrick Elmont – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Gilmour said of his move: “I’m very excited to be here. I can’t wait for the season ahead. I’ve been looking forward to coming here, playing as much as possible and helping Norwich City compete in the Premier League. I spoke to the head coach [Daniel Farke] here. He called me and we had a nice talk about how he wants to play.

“Everything he said was what I want to do on the pitch, get the ball down and play nice football. He spoke really highly of his team and I wanted to come join here and help. There are very exciting times ahead, coming in for pre-season and seeing all the lads.

“With Grant, as soon as I came into the Scotland setup, he was with me every day and pestering me! No, he was just talking about how good the club was and I was asking him questions. Kenny McLean was texting me, saying ‘Are you coming?’ and then when I told them I was coming, they were really happy for me.”

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