The Scottish international made a £9 million switch to Brighton & Hove Albion which did not go well with a section of the Blues’ fanbase.
Thomas Tuchel has claimed that the Blues wanted to loan Gilmour out for the second successive season after his underwhelming loan spell with Norwich City last season.
The German gaffer has explained that the Scotsman needed more polishing to compete for a place in Chelsea’s midfield. He said, as quoted by The Daily Mail:
“We had high hopes and he played for us in the first half-a-year when I was at Chelsea, played some important matches for us and looked for a new challenge that did not go so well for him with Norwich.”