Charlton set out Conor Gallagher transfer stance amid Premier League interest in Chelsea loanee

Chelsea are yet to indicate whether they will recall Conor Gallagher from his loan at Charlton Athletic with the Championship club’s manager Lee Bowyer and director of football Steve Gallen desperate to keep the central midfielder at The Valley for the rest of the season.

Gallagher, 19, has been a standout player for the Addicks, scoring six times and providing two assists for a team struggling to cope with injuries.

His form has caught the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, including Burnley and Norwich City, and Chelsea do have the option to recall him this month.

However, asked by if there were any developments, Gallen said: “First thing to say is what a good player. We’re so pleased with how well he has done. Chelsea have been superb in lending him to us.

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“It’s a season-long loan and we’ve had different people come in from Chelsea over the past few months and they are very, very pleased with their progress. And so we want to keep him until the end of the season.

“But of course he is a Chelsea player and there is a recall in January so they can call him back. They’ve not indicated to any of us if they plan to do that.”

Gallen is not surprised by the interest from other clubs but reiterated that he and Bowyer would hate to see him move elsewhere this month.

“I’m not really surprised by that [interest from other clubs],” Gallen added. “As far as we’re concerned he will be staying with us. Lee will be keen to keep him with us.”

Gallagher is enjoying his time at Charlton and feels that Bowyer being a former central midfielder has been key to his development. He is also from south London and would like to stay close to his family.

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