I was abused so badly at Norwich my family stopped coming to games, reveals Chelsea star Billy Gilmour


CHELSEA midfielder Billy Gilmour has opened up about his disastrous loan spell at Norwich last season.

The Scotland international joined the Canaries last summer but he failed to match the hype surrounding him in his 28 appearances as the club were relegated.

The 21-year-old has revealed how tough last season was for him.

Speaking to The Times, Gilmour said: “It was hard. It was also hard for my family.

“When you’ve got family in the stands and they’re shouting that [abuse] it’s never nice but I would just get my head down. Of course it’s not nice.

 “They stopped coming to the games, so it wasn’t nice. They weren’t coming down for games at the weekend, just staying in the house.

“It’s the fans’ opinion. They come to watch games and pay for their ticket and they shout but that has happened and it wasn’t nice to hear.”

As Norwich slumped towards relegation, finishing on just 22 points, the team were regularly booed at Carrow Road.

Gilmour continued: “I gave it my all, tried to work hard every game.

“It was a difficult season. I went there with the idea of trying to play my best and some games it worked and some games it didn’t, so I took some experience from that and it will help me going forward.”

Gilmour is currently back at parent club Chelsea and has been on the club’s pre-season tour of USA.

He has been linked with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge this summer with Everton reportedly keen.

The player is reportedly set for showdown talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to discuss his future.

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