Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Chelsea will speak to Conor Gallagher at the end of the season to discuss his long-term future at the club.
The 22-year-old is on loan at Crystal Palace for the 2021/22 season after signing a season-long loan deal last summer, and excelled in midfield under Patrick Vieira at Selhurst Park.
Gallagher has thrived which has seen him score seven goals and make five assists in his 24 appearances for the Eagles this season.
Chelsea were reluctant to let the Englishman leave last summer but allowed Gallagher to find regular minutes in the hope of one day making his way into the first-team selection at Stamford Bridge.
He will be ineligible this weekend to face his parent club who travel to south London on Saturday.
Tuchel is a huge admirer of Gallagher and is ‘happy’ to be a Chelsea player, but won’t make a decision on his future at the club until he completes the current campaign.
What Thomas Tuchel said
Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Selhurst Park, as quoted by football.london, Tuchel admitted: “We wanted to have him here, as I have said many times. In pre-season I saw that he could have a chance to make an impact on our team.
“He’s had a fantastic pre-season and he’s a fantastic guy and he cares so much about Chelsea because he comes from the academy.
“It was very nice to have him around and he was impressive in pre-season, then the opportunity came and they (Crystal Palace) offered him a role which he took and you see what what it does to a player if they need it, if they play an important role.
“He was not just offered this role, he took it and he took it with quality, with the energy that he has, and now he has reached several stages in his development, which is quite impressive. .
“We are happy that he is our player, we are happy that it is like that. Would it be the same if he had stayed? Nobody knows, but it was a good decision because he has clearly developed and we will take this decision late because there is no need to take it today.
“The season is by far not over and he has to end the season with Crystal Palace in the best possible way and we will see what he wants, what we want and then we will have a discussion and decide. But I am happy that he is our player.”
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