Billy Gilmour, a former Chelsea midfielder, has said that he was forced to leave the club when Thomas Tuchel did not give him a preseason opportunity.
Gilmour said that Tuchel demoted him to the reserve squad and that the manager had no future intentions for him at the west London club.
According to the Scot, the German also instructed him and two other players to train apart from the rest of the first team.
It’s worth noting that Gilmour has been a mainstay in the starting lineup for Brighton & Hove Albion since he joined the club last summer.
“When I returned from a loan at Norwich, we immediately began preseason, and it quickly became clear that there was no place for me on the team. Gilmour said on talkSPORT, “I ended up leaving pre-season with the first team to go with the reserves.”
So, the three of us were in America for preseason when we were told there was little hope for us. There won’t be a next time for us to do this. We’re dispatching you with backup supplies.
At the time, I was thinking, “Well, I want to be at a club that really appreciates me, and I want to be a part of the team,” so I was more or less like, “right, OK, straight away I knew I was not in the plans.”
Please put me on the field with the first team. I’m starting to really enjoy it. After representing my country, I’m eager to give it another go professionally. It seemed like a good time for me to go. Thomas Tuchel, the manager at the time, agreed with me.