Scotland international Billy Gilmour admits he is hoping to get back enjoying his football again after joining Brighton from Chelsea in a £9 million deal.

The midfielder admits it was a ‘tough’ decision to leave the Blues on transfer deadline day following five years at Stamford Bridge.

But after falling out of favour under Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, Gilmour admits he is looking to get his career back on track with the Seagulls.

The 21-year-old will look to replicate the form that saw him being hailed as one of the most talented youngsters in Europe when he burst onto the scene with Chelsea at the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

Gilmour, who has signed a four year deal, endured a difficult loan spell at Norwich City last season but still managed to make 28 appearances for a Canaries team that were relegated from the Premier League.

And after effectively being banished from the Chelsea first team in pre-season, Gilmour is now desperate to show his true potential under Graham Potter at Brighton.

Former Rangers trainee Gilmour said: “I think so (it was time for a fresh start).  Of course it was a tough decision but I wanted to play football, that’s the main aim for me, to come in and enjoy my football and get regular game-time. It was a bit of a no-brainer.

“It took a long time, there was a lot of back and forth between Chelsea and Brighton.

‘It’s been a busy day, a long day, but an enjoyable one and I can’t wait to get started

‘For me, Brighton play great football with a style I like to play. The manager is highly thought of as well so I was keen to come here.’

“I also know some players here and they’ve been telling me how good a club it’s been.”

The prospect of Gilmour getting much needed club football under his belt will also come as a boost to Scotland manager Steve Clarke ahead of the double header with Ukraine and clash with the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League at the end of this month.

Gilmour could make his debut tomorrow’s visit of Leicester City and head coach Potter is relishing working with the playmaker.

He said: “Billy arrives with a fantastic pedigree, having played in the Premier League and Champions League as well as for Scotland at last year’s Euros. He will complement our existing midfield options.

“That experience at quite a young age shows the strength of character he has and we’re really excited by his potential.

“Now it’s about allowing him the time to get used to a new environment and settling into our club. We can’t wait to work with him.”