£50M midfielder says he’s ‘EXCITED’ to work with Maresca at Chelsea after summer move made!

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Conor Gallagher has admitted that he is excited to work with Enzo Maresca – but has failed to rule out a move away from Chelsea.

Unai Emery’s side are currently being linked with a £50million move for the midfielder, who could be sacrificed by the Blues this summer in order to comply with Profit and Sustainability rules.

Villa are looking to add to their squad after qualifying for the Champions League in the season just gone. The report says that the club are also ‘in contact’ with Gallagher’s camp over a possible move.

Gallagher is one of the players Chelsea have reportedly opted to cash in on this summer, given the worries around the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSRs). Any transfer fee collected by Chelsea would go down as pure profit on their accounts due to him being an academy graduate

But Asked if he sees himself at Chelsea next season, Gallagher said on Thursday: ‘Well, I am a Chelsea player right now and like I said, now I am just thinking about England and the tournament.’

Asked how he felt about Mauricio Pochettino’s exit, Gallagher said: ‘He’s done so much for me so I was sad for him and sad for the coaching staff.

‘But I’m really excited about the new manager coming in and myself and everyone at Chelsea are really excited to work with him.’

When asked how Pochettino improved him as a player, Gallagher said: ‘Yeah, he just showed his belief and trust in me which is what all a player wants, to be honest.

‘If a manager shows you a bit of love it makes you play better, long story short, it gives you confidence and that’s what he gave me.

Explaining why Villa could be the ideal transfer for Gallagher, pundit Danny Murphy recently told talkSPORT: “I wouldn’t be surprised [if he wanted to leave] . I think he would be a brilliant signing for Aston Villa and it would be good value.

“I’ve been a little critical of his end product, that isn’t his strength although he can get in the box and score a goal. He was dropping in a bit deeper last season and he was absolutely terrific.

“When you look at some of the amounts being paid for players, £50m for Conor Gallagher… superb athlete, always fit, you know what you get, can play different positions.

“It’s an upgrade on what Villa have got and he would be playing Champions League football and I think the fans would love him, not that the Chelsea fans don’t, but I think for Villa it would be really good value and a statement. I think it’s a perfect player for Aston Villa.”

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