Conor Gallagher speaks out on his Chelsea future after ‘crazy’ summer | Football


The midfielder only has 18 months left on his contract (Picture: Getty Images)

Conor Gallagher is confident he will sign a new contract with Chelsea after a ‘crazy’ summer window in which he came very close to leaving the west London club.

The Blues once again embarked on a colossal spending spree, breaking the Premier League transfer record for the second time in a year to sign Moises Caicedo in a £115million deal from Brighton.

With £107m acquisition Enzo Fernandez already at the club and Lesley Ugochukwu and Romeo Lavia both brought in too, it seemed as though Gallagher was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old was linked with a host of Premier League clubs, from Tottenham to Everton, and would have brought in around £40million for Chelsea.

But Mauricio Pochettino ultimately decided to keep hold of the academy graduate and he has arguably been Chelsea’s stand-out player of the season so far, impressing enormously with his work rate and pressing.

He only has 18 months left on his current contract with the Blues but Gallagher expects to sign a new deal and says the added competition has ultimately made him a better player.

‘I’m sure that will get sorted out, everyone knows Chelsea is my club and I love playing for them. The fans are brilliant and I’m loving right now and I’m sure it will get itself sorted out,’ said the midfielder.

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher

Gallagher has been in excellent form for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

On the speculation that had surrounded his future during the summer window, he continued: ‘It was a crazy period in terms of ins and outs at Chelsea in the summer.

‘I had conversations with the manager and he expressed that he liked me as a player and I was in his plans and I was really happy with that.’

Asked if he feared for his place in the summer, Gallagher replied: ‘Of course, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t.

‘When top players come in your position, you think you have less of a chance of playing as much as I’d like.

‘It makes me even more determined to prove to the manager why you are good enough to be playing as well. I think I have done that this season.

‘There is always going to be competition. It’s what comes with being at a top club like Chelsea, one of the best clubs in the world over the last 20, 25 years. So that’s going to happen.

‘In a way I was excited. But I needed to make sure I was ready to show the manager I was still good enough to play in this team.’

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