Conor Gallagher ‘wants to stay at Chelsea’ claims Mauricio Pochettino… but admits the ‘priceless’ midfielder’s future is a ‘matter for him and the club’ with only one year left on his contract

  • Gallagher scored twice to help Chelsea earn a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace 
  • The midfielder’s future has been uncertain with his contract expiring in 2025
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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Conor Gallagher wants to stay at the club, despite continued uncertainty over the England international’s future.

Gallagher produced a match winning display against Crystal Palace, with the one-time Eagles loanee scoring twice at Selhurst Park.

The 24-year-old’s second goal in stoppage time gave the Blues a 2-1 lead, with Enzo Fernandez adding a third in the closing seconds.

Pochettino insisted after the victory that Gallagher wants to remain at the club.

The Chelsea boss, however, admitted Gallagher’s future is something for the midfielder and club to resolve due to his contract expiring in the summer of 2025.  

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Conor Gallagher wants to stay at the club

Pochettino hailed the midfielder's overall contribution to his Chelsea's side at 'priceless'

Pochettino hailed the midfielder’s overall contribution to his Chelsea’s side at ‘priceless’

‘What he told me was to stay at Chelsea,’ Pochettino said.

‘But then it’s about him and the club. I’m not suffering with this type of thing, he still has one year more on his contract.

‘I think it is a matter for him and the club.’ 

Gallagher had been linked with a move across London to rivals Tottenham in both the summer and January transfer windows.

Chelsea were reported to have been open to a sale due to profit and sustainability rules.

A sale would have allowed Chelsea greater room to operate in the transfer market due to the sale of a homegrown player representing pure profit.

Gallagher was believed to be in no rush to leave his boyhood club, with the England international set to be in an even stronger position come the summer as his contract runs down.

The 24-year-old has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season and started 23 of the Blues 24 Premier League matches – with his only absence due to suspension.

Gallagher scored his first Premier League goals of the season to help Chelsea beat Crystal Palace

Gallagher scored his first Premier League goals of the season to help Chelsea beat Crystal Palace

Gallagher, who has scored three goals in his last two games, has regularly captained Chelsea this season.

Pochettino hailed the midfielder as ‘priceless’ after the victory over Crystal Palace, noting his contribution in both attack and defence. 

‘He’s a player with great commitment with the team,’ Pochettino said.

‘Always trying to compensate every situation in an offensive and defensive situation and that is priceless to have a player like him.

‘I’m so happy for him and I’m so happy for the team because it’s a victory we needed, the three points to confirm the reaction after Wolverhampton.

‘It was a very good game against Aston Villa and it was a great opportunity.’

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