He can be a big influence in our squad’ – Tuchel on his plans for Gallagher next season

There may be no involvement for Conor Gallagher at Wembley this weekend but Thomas Tuchel believes the chances are high that the on-loan Crystal Palace midfielder could return to feature in his Chelsea squad next season.

The 22-year-old cannot play against his parent club in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday due to the terms of the loan agreement between the two London sides, with Tuchel admitting in his pre-match press conference that he had apologised for the unfortunate situation in person when they bumped into one another at a restaurant recently.

While it means the Eagles will be without one of their most influential players of the campaign and leaves Gallagher frustrated at missing out, Tuchel has offered more positive news regarding his plans for the England international.

Having been impressed by the attitude and application of Gallagher during pre-season, the German has enjoyed watching him enjoy an outstanding campaign at Selhurst Park, with eight goals and five assists to his name, as well as an international debut

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