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Crystal Palace hope to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea this summer - Parish - The Athletic

Crystal Palace still hope to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea this summer, the club’s chairman, Steve Parish, has said.Gallagher, 22, has enjoyed a fine...

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Crystal Palace still hope to sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea this summer, the club’s chairman, Steve Parish, has said.

Gallagher, 22, has enjoyed a fine season on loan at Selhurst Park, scoring eight goals in 31 games for Patrick Vieira’s side.

He also claimed the club’s player of the year award on Tuesday night — but Palace face a fight to keep the midfielder after Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said he would be happy to welcome the player back into his squad next season.

Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “Conor’s future and that decision lies not with us but with him and Chelsea. They're the people that have to decide.

“Once they decide what their choice is, they know where we are and what we want. We're not going to pretend any different but we've got to respect them as a football club because he's their player.

“At the end of the season he goes back to Chelsea and they'll make their decision. Based on that, we'll be there and if everybody thinks it's the right thing for him to come back then we would love it.

“If it doesn't work out, we wish him all the best as well.”

Parish added that the club would like to sign a new midfielder if they were unable to retain Gallagher on a permanent basis.

“Obviously with Conor, we've got to see what we can do there. He's going back and we've got to either replace him or see if we can get him back,” Parish said.

“We've got one or two other situations that are well-documented so keeping what we've got here is an important thing. Then we've got one or two ideas of where we think we can add to make a difference, give ourselves something different, get even better at keeping the ball and be a bit more damaging when we've got it.

“There's no limit to our ambition at the football club. We'll obviously look to bring some of the youngsters through that we've got who are very good and we start every year dreaming of being Leicester.”

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