Report: Club have now given up on signing 22-year-old Chelsea player this summer, he wants Stamford Bridge return

Crystal Palace are reportedly giving up hope of signing Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher next season.

The 22-year-old midfielder is currently enjoying a brilliant season-long loan spell with Palace, which has been the springboard for him breaking into the senior England squad.

However, it sounds unlikely he’ll return to Selhurst Park when his loan expires in the summer.

According to the Daily Mail, Gallagher is determined to return to parent club Chelsea and break into the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.

The report explains Palace would love to sign the box-to-box midfielder, but now accept it’s a “no-go”.

Gallagher, who’s a product of the Blues academy, is someone the Chelsea fanbase is extremely excited to see return.

He’s scored eight goals and made five assists so far this season in a Palace shirt, with many boldly comparing his playing style to Frank Lampard.

Ian Wright has urged Palace to try make Gallagher their player on a permanent basis. His future seems destined to be at the Bridge, though.

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Pressing machine

Of course, there is a lot to love about Gallagher’s game when it comes to his technique, game intelligence and goalscoring prowess.

However, his relentless energy and pressing off the ball is arguably the most memorable thing you takeaway from watching him in the flesh.

He looks tailor-made to drop into Thomas Tuchel’s squad next season, so it’s an absolutely vital summer ahead where he needs to impress.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.