Chelsea loan manager Carlo Cudicini has revealed there is “a lot of interest from a number of clubs, both from England and abroad” in Conor Gallagher.
The England international is currently spending the season on loan at Crystal Palace after being loaned out to West Brom in the last campaign.
His impact this term has already been much greater, contributing six goals and three asssists in 16 Premier League appearances.
Gallagher has also had previous loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City as he continues his development towards the Chelsea first team.
There is no recall option in Palace’s loan deal with Chelsea and Cudicini will be glad to see Gallagher finish the season at Selhurst Park before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
“What’s important for Conor is to finish the season where he is. That’s why we’ve not put anything in place to recall him next month – it’s the same with Billy Gilmour,” Cudicini told Ladbrokes.
“I’ve said this many times in the past, but a loan isn’t necessarily only successful if you’re playing every single minute.
“Sometimes, especially at that age, you learn just as much when you’re not in the team.
“They should break the bank. £60mil!” 🔥
✅ “He’s playing every week. They’ve got Patrick Vieira, who you’ll want to learn off.”
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“I think back to Conor last season at West Bromwich Albion where he had a difficult moment when the manager Slaven Bilic was replaced by Sam Allardyce.
“Conor missed a few games under Allardyce and I had to talk with him and remind him that he should take this as a positive moment, because he’s learning how to deal with these types of situations and managerial changes.
“You hope to play every minute of every game, but there will be a time where you spend some time on the bench, so why not start to deal with that part of the game now?
“With a player as talented as Conor, you’re always going to receive a lot of interest from a number of clubs, both from England and abroad.
“It was just a matter of understanding what the manager wants from him, and then it’s about picking the right club – and we feel Crystal Palace is exactly that.”