Chelsea young prospect Billy Gilmour said he bases his game around Cesc Fabregas and two other Spanish legends Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

The 18-year-old has been tipped to be a major force for Chelsea next season after impressive back-to-back man-of-the-match performances in Chelsea’s last couple of games against Liverpool and Everton

It was quite unfortunate for Gilmour who is now back in Scotland to be with his family that football had to be stopped due to the global pandemic.

He told the Glasgow Times: “It is a difficult period, but there is nothing I can really do. It is something that is very serious so we have to take that into account.

“Hopefully, when we get back training when this is all over I can start off the way I left off.”

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In the interview, Gilmour also spoke about the players he has learned from, including former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

He said: “We had to analyse our own game and then compare it to a player. I thought I would do Fabregas. Growing up Iniesta, Xavi, and Fabregas were the type of players I would base my game around, how I play.

“Fabregas’ one-touch play and playing around the corner, how he could get out of tight areas, it was incredible.”

The former Rangers academy player said he had the chance to watch Fabregas on a few occasions when he was invited to train with the first team.

He added: “I could watch him in training and see how he put it into a game. I was trying to take some of that stuff from training with him and take it into my game.”

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Gilmour also said he has been watching the more experienced teammates Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic and tried to “copy” what they have done.

“They have been brilliant with me off the pitch as well. They are always talking to me, just asking about my upbringing, what it was like at Rangers and getting to know me as well as me getting to know them,” he added.

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