Poch – wants him! Blues board told 9 assists star should be at Chelsea in summer

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Pundit Joe Cole has claimed that Chelsea would be taking “five steps back” if they get rid of Conor Gallagher in the summer window

The 24-year-old central midfielder, who’s worn the captain’s armband for much of this campaign, has been one of the standout individuals at Stamford Bridge. He’s got seven goals and nine assists across all competitions from midfield.

However – despite the fact he has been a big part of that Chelsea starting side – there has been alot of speculation and rumours in the media that he is a player the board will allow to depart should the right offer arrive.

It is no secret that the financial fair play rules will have a big effect on the transfer business in the summer – meaning that Chelsea will have to sell before they get the players they need to help take the club forward.

But despite all the rumours – Cole, who helped the club lift nine trophies between 2003 and 2010, has begged Chelsea to secure the long-term future of the 24-year-old leader.

“Conor Gallagher can’t leave. I know there are issues financially but Conor Gallagher has been brilliant, from start to finish,” the pundit said.

“Everyone has turned up in the last few weeks but Conor, you see a great player when he is playing in a struggling team. Conor was still there, captain as well.

“I think it is imperative that the club keeps him.”

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Gallagher has been solid for CHELSEA and it is easy to see why Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep the man. But if the right offer is made to the club – then we are sure that he will depart Stamford Bridge.

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