HomePochettino says Gallagher future a matter for Chelsea hierarchy amid Tottenham links

Pochettino says Gallagher future a matter for Chelsea hierarchy amid Tottenham links

-

Mauricio Pochettino says any decision on Conor Gallagher’s Chelsea future will be taken by those above him, as the midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Tottenham.

Gallagher is set to enter the final 18 months of his contract with the Blues in January, and with an agreement on a new deal yet to be reached, he has been linked with a transfer.

Spurs were credited with an interest in Gallagher in pre-season and are reportedly still keen on a move for a player who has started 16 of Chelsea’s 17 league games under Pochettino, the only exception being when he was suspended for a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United earlier this month.

Gallagher has even worn the captain’s armband on several occasions with regular skipper Reece James and vice-captain Ben Chilwell both enduring injury-hit campaigns.

Read our other football news stories here:
Luton skipper Lockyer released from hospital
Arsenal boss Arteta playing it cool on Anfield atmosphere
Howe backs Trippier to find form after cup errors cost Newcastle

While Pochettino has been pleased with Gallagher’s performances, he says a final decision on whether he stays at Stamford Bridge will be made by others.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Wolves, Pochettino said: “This type of situation is between the club and the player. It’s going to be the decision of the club.

“What I’m doing is coaching the team, to try to make the best choices to perform. So far, he’s doing well and he’s playing because he deserves to.

“In my experience at different clubs, it’s my job to try to give the best opinion and advice to the club. I’m a manager that loves to work with the sporting director and the owners.

“We have to talk, analyse things and take the best decision for the club. It’s always the clubs and the players that need to decide what they want to do.”

Pochettino was also asked about the condition of James after the right-back underwent surgery to rectify the latest in a series of hamstring injuries to affect him in recent years.

Asked about reports suggesting James could be sidelined until March, Pochettino said: “We hope for less. It’s my wish for New Year’s! It will be several weeks, for sure.

“We cannot put the date because it’s about the way his body will react. I think he feels well. He has started his recovery and he’s one day closer to being with the group.

“We’re all positive around him, we’re going to help him evolve in the best way.

“It’s a very complicated, difficult season for him. But the process to recover him has started and we’ll take it in a positive way. The most important thing is to solve the problem, to help him be strong.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

LATEST POSTS

Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

The State of Play Mikel Arteta has led an outstanding Arsenal side in the Premier League in the calendar year of 2024 with the Gunners having...

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

The State of Play Liverpool need a response. They went out in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last month against Manchester United and dropped points...

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Preview, expected line-ups, how to watch and prediction

The State of Play Andoni Iraola still has his AFC Bournemouth side flirting with a run towards the top seven or eight and potential UEFA Europa...

Premier League: Semi-automated offside technology will be good for fans, says Fulham boss Silva

Fulham manager Marco Silva believes the introduction of semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) in the Premier League next season will help protect the "intensity" and "passion"...

Most Popular