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Chelsea might recall young star from Norwich loan, Tuchel admits

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Billy Gilmour is struggling to find his place in the Canaries lineup.

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After making an impressive start to his loan spell at Carrow Road, Billy Gilmour has lost his place in Norwich’s lineup.

The 20-year-old has not featured in any of Norwich’s last five games, raising questions around his future at the club.

Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League game against Malmo, Thomas Tuchel admitted his side would have to make a decision about the player in January.

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“I spoke to Daniel [Farke] and Billy [Gilmour] about the situation and we will make the decision in January.

“He left looking for more minutes and game time at another club and the challenge is for him to fight his way through.”

Norwich boss Daniel Farke stated last month that his side are “not here to develop players of other clubs”. Many observers believe Gilmour has little chance to re-integrate himself into the Canaries squad.

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Tuchel added: “Things are not going as well as he perhaps hoped but it’s not the moment to cancel the whole project or open talks to bring him back.”

Gilmour played for Scotland in the Euro 2020 campaign. However, the young midfielder tested positive for COVID-19 and left the tournament halfway through.

“Sometimes these weeks and months arrive when the situation doesn’t seem to be going the right way – you just have to hang in there and show your quality and make sure you help your team, no matter how,” the Blues boss continued.

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“That sharpens the character and I am sure it will be a big chapter in Billy’s career.

“It is only the start of November and there are still months to go and a lot of time to prove he has enough quality to help Norwich be a better team.”