Thomas Tuchel’s stance on Conor Gallagher’s future revealed as key Chelsea meeting

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed to Conor Gallagher that he will not be a supporting player at Chelsea next season. football.london understands. The England international is expected to stay on and fight for his place at the Blues after a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace.

The 22-year-old midfielder recorded 11 direct goals in the 2021/22 Premier League season with the Eagles – eight goals and three assists. Palace are keen to keep Gallagher for at least another season, with Patrick Vieira making no secret of the club’s desire to keep the talented Chelsea midfielder.

“It’s up to Chelsea and of course the player,” Palace manager Vieira recently said of Gallagher’s future. “We’ve had him for the year and we’re very happy with his contribution, he’s been great.

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“Then he returns to Chelsea after the season and it’s up to Chelsea and Conor to decide. A lot has already been said. He played his best football, I think, at this club, which allowed him to leave with England.”

“It will be important for him to ask a question about what will be the next step for him and the next step could be with Chelsea because he has to go back and see how things go for him. Of course it’s us and me am it.” very happy with the way we spent the year together.

“He has been really good to us and we must wish him the best of luck when he returns to Chelsea. If there is a chance of bringing him back then we will definitely talk about it.”

Despite these comments from Vieira, Chelsea appear keen to keep the Cobham graduate and give him a chance to prove himself in the first team. football.london understands that Gallagher and Tuchel had a meeting at the end of the season with the Blues midfielder keen to stay and fight for his place and Tuchel was ready to give him that opportunity.

In addition, Gallagher recently penned an emotional farewell to Crystal Palace on his official Instagram page. The England midfielder wrote: “I’m so proud to have been part of this team who have had a very successful season in the league and coming to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals was incredible.

“From my first contact with Patrick Vieira he has been brilliant with me and helped me develop into a better player for which I cannot thank him enough. The players and staff have made me feel like we have been here for years and The fans made me feel at home.

“Your support has helped us in difficult games this season and can make all the difference! I gave my all for the club this season and was delighted to be Supporter of the Year. Thank you for your support. It’s been something very special to play for this great club. Hopefully I showed that in my performances on the pitch and how proud I was to wear the shirt. Thank you.”

Chelsea are expected to lose a host of players in the summer transfer window. Ross Barkley and Jorginho both have just over 12 months left on their respective contracts and one or both could be sold before the start of next season. In theory, this could give Gallagher more chances to play consistently in the first team.

N’Golo Kante is also putting his Chelsea deal on hold next summer but numerous reports suggest the Blues are keen to extend the Frenchman’s stay at the club. Tuchel spoke about Kante after Chelsea’s draw against Leicester City in the penultimate game of the season and explained his importance to the side.

The Blues head coach said: “I think he’s an important, important, important player but important, important, important players have to be on the pitch. He only plays 40 percent of the games, so maybe it’s a miracle we’re third. He’s our Mo Salah, he’s ours [Virgil] Van Dijk, he is ours [Kevin] De Bruine. He’s just that player, he’s our Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

“He’s the guy who makes the difference and if you only have him 40 per cent that’s a big problem. Given that percentage, it’s perhaps a wonder he’s getting results. It puts everything into perspective as I’ve seen Liverpool struggled without Van Dijk last season. You see the difference. N’Golo is our key player and we need him on the pitch.”

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