Conor Gallagher Discusses Chelsea Future with Mauricio Pochettino
Having started 19 of the team’s 20 Premier League games this season, the 23-year-old has been a constant in Pochettino’s lineup.
Gallagher’s repeated wearing of the captain’s armband this season is indicative of his standing in the Chelsea team.
With only 18 months remaining on his current deal, Gallagher’s Chelsea future continues to be a subject of considerable discussion, even though Pochettino views him as an essential player.
Gallagher is expected to remain at Stamford Bridge this month, according to a recent report, but if the club receives a good offer, the management may be convinced to sell.
Speaking ahead of Middlesbrough’s visit to the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday, Pochettino stated that he had discussed Gallagher’s future with him.
“If you want to ask me if I was talking with Conor about this situation, yes,” Pochettino said to reporters. Like with all players, Andrey Santos and Ian Maatsen are two examples of athletes with whom it’s always beneficial to speak amicably when rumours surface.
“I believe it’s critical that the coaches and I constantly have very straight, honest, and lucid interactions with the players. These kinds of interactions are healthy.”
Gallagher came through the club’s system, thus selling him would bring in pure profit, which might help Chelsea meet sustainability and profit requirements.
The Chelsea head coach, nevertheless, has shot down rumors that the team may need to let go of players in order to make room in their roster this month.
“No, things are not this way,” Pochettino said. “I don’t understand how they [the club hierarchy] translate it. Purchasing certain players does not require selling others.”
Gallagher is expected to start in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s first leg against Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium, having been benched for the team’s FA Cup victory over Preston North End on Sunday.
Gallagher’s talents will be available to Pochettino, but the French attacker Christopher Nkunku will be absent because of a hip injury, which will cause him to miss a second straight game.