Report: Chelsea now tell clubs 'special' player is staying with them, they won't be selling him this summer

Reports suggest that Chelsea have made rival clubs aware Conor Gallagher will be staying at Stamford Bridge this summer.

According to The Express, there are four Premier League clubs interested in the 22-year-old, with Crystal Palace keen on a reunion following last season.

He enjoyed a breakout season at Selhurst Park last season, putting himself on the map at international level as well as in the Premier League.

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Being described by his manager last season Patrick Vieira as “special”, he established himself as the first name on the teamsheet, whilst also earning his first England cap.

This was enough to impress Thomas Tuchel to the point where he was happy to take him on the club’s US tour, putting him in contention for a first team spot.

Gallagher staying at Chelsea

Now, The Express have claimed that Chelsea have made the decision to keep him for the upcoming season, informing potential interested parties that he’s not for sale.

Alongside Palace, Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham United are reportedly interested in the midfielder, however it appears they’ll need to look elsewhere in their quest for a late signing this summer.

With the injury sustained by N’golo Kante in last weekend’s pulsating draw against Tottenham, an opportunity to start could be around the corner for Gallagher.

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The Englishman has appeared off the bench in both league games so far for the Blues, with him showing glimpses of the talents he portrayed at Palace in his cameo against Spurs.

With injuries also plaguing Mateo Kovacic’s beginning to the season, his importance to the first team could be even more important, especially if they aren’t able to pull of the signing of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

With the Dutchman clearly stating he wants to stay at the Catalan club, the likelihood of a deal is dropping as the window goes on.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.