Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira had slammed Chelsea for not giving youngster Conor Gallagher a chance to play in the FA Cup semi-final.
Chelsea and Palace meet in the semi-final of the FA Cup this weekend, but Chelsea have rejected Crystal Palace request to play Gallagher in that game.
Vieria had claimed that the young midfielder is unhappy with the decision, and Thomas Tuchel has reacted wisely.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s semi-final tie, Tuchel reacted to Vieira’s comments and revealed he met Gallagher and apologised over the club’s decision.
“I had the chance to speak to Conor and I could also see his frustration,” Tuchel told reporters on Friday.
“We met some weeks ago after the international break by coincidence in a restaurant and we had a chat.
“The subject came up and I apologised because I know how competitive he is and I like him a lot and I know his character and it was a pleasure to have him here in pre–season. That’s the way it is, we play to win the game and the rules were clear when we made the loan.
“And I also totally understand Patrick Vieira and the disappointment of Conor of course but these were the rules when we did the loan and we don’t want to suffer from our rules.”