‘He knew he had to leave Chelsea’ — Tuchel’s admission about Chelsea player

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Chelsea sent out young midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan to Crystal Palace for the 2021-22 season, and the 21-year-old has been very impressive while playing for Crystal Palace.

Speaking about the form of Gallagher, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said that it was in the best interest of Gallagher for him to go out on loan, as the Blues midfield was already crowded.

“We love Conor. We are convinced about him,” said Tuchel.

“We took the decision for Conor because when we looked at the midfield – Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante – he was considered number four in the group.

“Conor knew this all the way. An opportunity came up where he could clearly see more minutes and more responsibility.

“Would he be the same Conor if he had stayed here? Obviously not, because the situation will then be different.

“Maybe, then, the same people would say, ‘How can they rely on Conor Gallagher’?, or ‘Why don’t they give him more minutes’?

“If Mateo hadn’t been injured, it wouldn’t really matter. So, no, you cannot go back to these decisions that are made for the club and for the player. Everybody agreed on it.

“And it’s obviously a good decision because he is doing so well and everybody is happy. That’s because he plays every single game, and knows how important he is to the team at Crystal Palace. This is a huge part of being at the best level you can be.”

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