'They were cursing': BBC pundit shares what Crystal Palace's board have told him about Conor Gallagher

Glenn Murray revealed that the Crystal Palace chain of command have been ‘cursing’ Conor Gallagher’s form as it continues to raise his price tag.

Speaking on the BBC Football Daily podcast, Murray explained the Palace board fear that Chelsea will increase Gallagher’s value significantly following his excellent loan spell at Selhurst Park.

Greatness awaits Gallagher

The young midfielder has been a magnificent addition to Patrick Vieira’s squad after he departed Cobham last July.

Few players in the Premier League have shone brighter or ran further than the England international this term.

He has contributed more goals (13) than any other member of Vieira’s squad and is only behind Tyrick Mitchell and fellow Chelsea academy gradate Marc Guehi for appearances made (30).

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All of the statistics prove Gallagher’s worth to the Eagles, but also entice others to make him their own over the summer.

There will undoubtedly be a line of interested suitors waiting outside Stamford Bridge, eager to discover the club’s decision in regards to the 22-year-old.

Chelsea must either recall or release him once the campaign concludes, with Palace praying for the latter.

However, they will almost certainly be made to pay big bucks if Gallagher is set free by the Blues, something their powerful panel are already wary of.  

“I’ve spoken to the hierarchy of Crystal Palace about this and they were cursing how well he was doing at one point because he’s basically going to price them out of a move,” said Murray.

“He’s basically, Conor Gallagher, irreplaceable. Can I see him leaving Chelsea permanently? No, I can’t, especially with what’s going on at Chelsea. I think opportunities will probably arise there.

“Can I see him going back to Crystal Palace? Only in a loan capacity to keep progressing with the group.

“I think that group will continue to progress. I’m sure he’d like to be part of that because it’s been such a brilliant season for him.”

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Head back to Chelsea or take a different route?

Deep down, Gallagher must be itching to return to Chelsea, the team he joined as an infant.

Yet, the events of the past fortnight may have cast doubt across his mind.

Since Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government, the European champions have struggled to find any answers to their predicament.

They cannot offer new contracts to those with expiring deals, nor can they provide security for the vast number of individuals out on loan.

Until the new owner is announced, everyone associated with Chelsea will be left in the dark about what the next few months hold.

Hopefully, they provide promise and positivity for Conor.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.