Mauricio Pochettino provides update on Conor Gallagher contract talks

Gallagher's current deal expires in 2025.

Mauricio Pochettino provides update on Conor Gallagher contract talks
Conor Gallagher
Gallagher’s current deal expires in 2025 (Picture: Getty)

Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Conor Gallagher will sign a new long-term contract with Chelsea.

The 23-year-old was the subject of a failed £45million offer from Everton in January and was among the host of Blues stars tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

West Ham United, Tottenham and Newcastle United were interested in his services but the midfielder remained in west London where he has proven his worth under Pochettino.

The England international has started nine Premier League matches, wearing the captain’s armband in four of those in the absence of Reece James and impressing alongside Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo in midfield.

Gallagher signed a five-year deal with Chelsea back in 2020 and will enter the final 18 months of that deal in January.

Asked whether he wants Gallagher to sign a new contract, Pochettino told a press conference on Friday: ‘It is like a marriage between the player and club, both sides need to feel good and that is why this moment you can arrive at a new deal.

‘Even if you want to extend the contract, you stop and speak. Of course, he is a player that is doing fantastic. We are so happy with how he is doing.’

Conor Gallagher
Gallagher has forced his way into the Chelsea side this season (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea captain Reece James meanwhile is expected to return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Brentford although the 23-year-old will likely start on the bench.

James has made just two Premier League appearances so far this season, starting against Liverpool on the opening day of the season and coming off the bench against Arsenal last week.

The England international missed a string of matches due to a hamstring problem and then suffered a setback as he neared a return to fitness earlier this month.

‘No he’s still not ready to start,’ Pochettino said..

‘I think he’s doing well, he was training really well. He’s really close, but at the moment for tomorrow, he’s still going to be on the bench.’

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