Report: Chelsea loanee uncertain he will return to the club next season even though the Blues want him back

Conor Gallagher reportedly has concerns about breaking back into the Chelsea first-team set-up next year.

According to Eurosport, Gallagher is apprehensive that a future at Stamford Bridge awaits him after his Crystal Palace loan spell concludes.

Sources within the 21-year-old’s close circle say he ‘fears’ that the Blues ‘will be tempted to strengthen the squad’ in the next two transfer markets.

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Conor’s concerns

Chelsea have been linked to Monaco’s Aurelian Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham, whilst there is still an option to sign Saul Niguez permanently.

There is also the possible return of Billy Gilmour on the horizon, who will also have ambitions of reclaiming his spot in Thomas Tuchel’s side.

All are players who would possibly challenge Gallagher for the central midfield slot, along with those already embedded into the organisation.

Based on this alone, the England international’s worries are extremely understandable.

Even if Chelsea have – as per Eurosport – apparently already made it clear to their academy graduate that a strong season with Palace would ‘open the door for him.’

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Form of his life

The door should be coming off its hinges at this current rate.

Gallagher has been a revelation for Patrick Vieira’s Eagles.

11 appearances, four goals, two assists and numerous man-of-the-match awards are the youngster’s rewards from a delightful campaign.

His domestic efforts have even caught the eye of Gareth Southgate, who called him up to the senior England camp for the first time recently.

Will Chelsea look as favourably upon one of their own in the coming months?

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For Blues fans, the answer they want to hear is yes.

The board and player may have a different view, however, as expensive expansion plans continue to be mentioned.  

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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.