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Chelsea block Billy Gilmour exit as Thomas Tuchel changes transfer deadline day plans

Billy Gilmour is now set to stay at Chelsea for the remainder of the season with the Blues reportedly opting against loaning out the young midfielder.

football.london understands there was interest in the 19-year-old – who hasn’t been included in either of Thomas Tuchel’s match-day squads – from several clubs ahead of the final day of the transfer window.

And with Gilmour keen to secure a spot in the senior Scotland squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships, a six-month loan was expected to materialise before tonight’s deadline.

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West Ham United were linked with Gilmour but couldn’t make a move as the two domestic loan spots in their squad are occupied by Craig Dawson and Jesse Lingard. football.london was told of interest from Bournemouth but the Cherries completed a deal for midfielder Ben Pearson on Friday.

As late as yesterday evening, Southampton were reportedly considering an approach for Gilmour, who has made only first-team six appearances for the Blues this term.

Yet Chelsea’s stance regarding the midfielder means a deal is highly unlikely to take place in the final hours of this window. He will instead remain part of Tuchel’s squad and will hope to be given playing time in the weeks ahead.

“Of Billy I have a good impression,” Tuchel said at his unveiling on Thursday. “He is a very strategic guy, with a very high level of game understanding, very good in the first contact, very clever in positioning.

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“We will see if he has the physical level to compete in the centre of the field in the most physical league in the world, but he is super quick with his feet, super fast with his decision making, and very good in his positioning like I said.”

There is very little transfer activity likely to take place at Chelsea today, especially as Tuchel’s…

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