Report: 21-year-old midfielder Boehly wanted to keep at Chelsea now set for loan away in January

Reports have claimed that Billy Gilmour is set for a loan move to Villarreal.

According to The Times, the 21-year-old is primed to make the move to La Liga in January.

The midfielder was sold by Chelsea this summer, with it reportedly being down to Thomas Tuchel really not seeing a future for him at Stamford Bridge.

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This contrasts to reports about how Todd Boehly saw the Scotland international, with him believing he had a future at Stamford Bridge.

A tough loan spell at relegation favourites Norwich City did his career no favours, after a promising start to his time at Chelsea.

A move to Brighton looked set to begin to bring the best out of him again, with their play style on paper suiting his strengths perfectly.

Gilmour set for Villarreal loan

He was also set to be handed the opportunity to work under one of the most promising managers in world football in Graham Potter.

However, a nightmare scenario of Chelsea hiring the Englishman as a replacement for Tuchel came to light.

New manager Roberto de Zerbi has not fancied him as a genuine option in midfield.

This is why The Times have reported he is on the brink of completing yet another loan move, this time abroad.


A move to Spain would also certainly suit his strengths, with his ability on the ball certainly what sets him apart from most midfielders his age.

With midfield injury woes cropping up this season, there are times where fans will have loved to have Gilmour at their services.

N’golo Kante has been missing since the second game of the season. He still has another few months to go until he’s back.

With there still being a number of good memories of his time at Stamford Bridge, supporters will unanimously hope for the best in his time in Spain if he moves.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released