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Thomas Tuchel Gives Update On Conor Gallagher's Chelsea Future

Ryan Sidle

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Thomas Tuchel Gives Update On Conor Gallagher's Chelsea Future

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Conor Gallagher is so good he's the single reason Chelsea are above Arsenal in the Premier League, even without playing for the Blues this season, so it's no wonder Thomas Tuchel wants him in his squad after June.\

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Gallagher's performance in Crystal Palace's win over the Gunners recently left one Arsenal fan to bemoan the entire loan structure in the Premier League.

The fans brain was so broken that he continued blaming the midfielder's loan spell at Palace days later, when Mikel Arteta's team lost to Brighton, and the 'loan' of Tariq Lamptey.

Gallagher's form has been brilliant and it's earned the 22-year-old call ups, and subsequent caps, for Gareth Southgate's England team.

It's only natural that his future, and the possibility of being in Chelsea's squad for the next campaign, has come up and Tuchel has confirmed there is a place for the midfielder in his squad.

"I believe Conor can be a part of our squad and can play a role with us," Tuchel said at his pre match press conference when asked about the midfielder's future.

"But I am not the only one to decide. We need to speak after the season with everybody, speak after the season about what Conor wants, we need to see what the situation is and what role we have for him that he can fight for.

Gallagher has played for his parent club in pre season games. Image: PA Images
Gallagher has played for his parent club in pre season games. Image: PA Images

"There needs to be something to fight, a role and perspective of where you are, where you can be, what you need to achieve. So we have to be very clear with him and he needs to be clear with us.

"Then we will sort it out. His development is extraordinary and outstanding.

"He is one of the key players at Crystal Palace and made a huge step in his development up front. He was a pleasure to coach in pre-season – he has so much positive energy, energy in general, and such work rate to give that he can have a big influence."

The Arsenal fan's point about Gallagher was that it's unfair he can play against the Gunners but not against his parent club, with the rules in England preventing it.

He does have a point when it comes to that, and sporting integrity, and the midfielder will be missing for Patrick Vieira's side in the FA Cup semi final on Sunday.

Gallagher could make the World Cup squad in the winter. Image: PA Images
Gallagher could make the World Cup squad in the winter. Image: PA Images

He'll no doubt want to keep up the good work he's done this term and continue improving and getting a good amount of game time in the next one.

As well as generally continuing his development, there is a chance for Gallagher to make England's World Cup squad for the tournament in Qatar in November.

That could be one reason he goes back on loan, even if it's just for the first half of next season, in order to make sure he doesn't ruin his opportunity by barely playing back at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's future, and Tuchel's potential to sign anyone once the transfer window reopens, are still up in the air as the club are yet to be sold.

Current owner Roman Abramovich has bought a new team already, as his 19 years as owner in west London are coming to an end.

Topics: Chelsea, Transfers, Crystal Palace, Premier League, FA Cup, Conor Gallagher

Ryan Sidle
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