Chelsea boss Pochettino reaffirmed readiness to make this key player stay at Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino reaffirmed his desire for Conor Gallagher to stay at Chelsea next season but insisted the decision was out of his hands.

Captaining the side, Gallagher provided the assist for Trevor Chalobah’s opener as the Blues romped to a 2-0 Premier League win against London rivals Tottenham on Thursday.

While the home fans made their voices known, unfurling a banner in support of the 24-year-old before kick-off, the academy graduate still faces an uncertain future.

Gallagher’s contract runs out at the end of next season, with multiple reports suggesting the club will consider cashing in as they look to ease fears surrounding profit and sustainability rules.

The midfielder has been ever-present for Pochettino this season – providing six goals alongside nine assists in 46 appearances – with Spurs one of the clubs linked with a move for Gallagher in the summer.

‘I am not involved. I don’t know nothing,’ Pochettino admitted.

‘I think you can see in my starting XI that the whole season he was always there. With all the circumstances, he was always there.

‘Yes, he is an important player, of course but I am not involved in the decision. It is the club and Conor.

‘That is a situation they need to fix between the club and the player.’

Speaking back in February ahead of the Carabao Cup final Gallagher said he ‘absolutely loved’ playing under Pochettino.

‘Playing almost every game has been incredible. Last season I was in and out of the team and it wasn’t this enjoyable,’ the England international said.

‘I just want to keep playing as much I can for Chelsea, keep trying to improve and try and be successful.’

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