Chelsea director Petr Cech drops hint over Conor Gallagher future plans after loan success

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Chelsea are famed for their mass loaning system, and they are beginning to reap the benefits from it once again. Currently at Crystal Palace for the season, Conor Gallagher has impressed in the first 11 games of the new campaign and looks set to be the next rising star at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have a squad filled with talents that they have brought through the academy, with Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Mason Mount being very recent examples of those stars.

And the club have another fresh wave of exciting youngsters ready to step up when called upon by manager Thomas Tuchel.

Two stars who were notably sent out on loan this season were Billy Gilmour, to Norwich City, and Gallagher, and the latter has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League so far.

The attacking midfielder was handed his England debut by Gareth Southgate against San Marino earlier this week, but there is still scepticism as to whether the 21-year-old will be able to make the cut in Tuchel’s team.

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However, former Blues goalkeeper and now-performance advisor Petr Cech might have implicitly put those doubts to bed after laying out the club’s plans for Gallagher.

“For Conor to get the England call-up was absolutely amazing and to make his debut was obviously even more amazing,” the 39-year-old wrote on the club’s official website.

“If he didn’t go to Crystal Palace and perform but rather stayed here and maybe didn’t play every game then that would never have happened.

“Once you start to play regularly in the Premier League and show what you can do, that gives you all these chances to be selected. If you have the opportunity to do it when on loan, you can come back to Chelsea in a much better and stronger position.

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“Conor will come back to us in a completely different situation than he was six months ago and that’s the beauty of it.

“If everything works out perfectly, this is the idea behind it and obviously, it’s great to see that it’s worked out perfectly for Conor so far.”

For Cech to hint of Gallagher’s return to Chelsea already shows how highly the midfielder is regarded by the club already, which will serve as a disappointment for the Eagles fans that have already fallen in love with the loanee.

But manager Patrick Vieira may have already been prepared for the news considering Cech then revealed that Chelsea were actually tempted to keep Gallagher at the Bridge this season.

The Czech continued: “Conor was very close in terms of making the team here in the summer and we were really happy with him but it was the same as with Billy Gilmour and we felt at that stage of their careers they needed to go and play as many games as possible.

“They are both at the stage where we really want them to become core players for Chelsea so it was better for them to go and play.”

Unfortunately for Blues fans, Gilmour’s loan spell at Carrow Road hasn’t been overly successful despite his immense potential.

The Scotland international has made just four appearances so far this campaign and speculation has been rife that Chelsea were considering recalling the midfielder due to how his lack of minutes may be hindering his progress.

But the 20-year-old may have been thrown a lifeline with the Canaries after Daniel Farke was sacked and Dean Smith was appointed as their manager, which could see the academy product brought back into the frame.

It remains to be seen how Gilmour and Gallagher are integrated into Tuchel’s squad next season if the former PSG boss wants the pair in his team, and they could even be battling it out for the same position in the starting XI in the 2022-23 campaign.

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