Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he loved Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher from the moment he became Chelsea boss.
The 21-year-old has made an instant impact during his loan spell with Crystal Palace this season and is already being backed to compete for a place at Chelsea next term.
When asked if Gallagher has a future at Chelsea, Tuchel replied: “It’s too early to talk about it and way too early to talk about it in public and before we talk about it with Conor himself about what he wants, what his goals are.
“This will happen in the summer because we all agreed to the decision that he wanted to join Crystal Palace and Patrick Vieira’s team. So he saw this possibility for him and we had talks before.
“I’m not surprised that the national coach loves him, because I loved him from day one.
“There cannot be a coach who does not love guys like this, humble, nice, a smile on their face, always ready to give everything, who wants to learn and wants to improve.
“Also as a teammate I would have loved to play with him, because he’s a helper. He starts in minute one and he finishes maybe in the shower, that’s the earliest minute where he finishes running and stealing balls. So it’s a pleasure to know the guy, to have the guy and I’m super happy it’s worked out so well.
“Now it’s on him to keep going, to keep his feet on the ground and the rest we will decide… not in a rush.”