Steve Parish confirms Crystal Palace are looking to re-sign Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher

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Conor Gallagher was voted Crystal Palace’s player of the season (Picture: Getty)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed the club are looking to re-sign midfielder Conor Gallagher in the summer.

Chelsea loan Gallagher had a stellar season at Selhurst Park, helping the Eagles reach the FA Cup semi-finals and work towards a top 10 finish in the Premier League.

His performances in the red and blue have also earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England team but his future remains unclear.

Although he is expected to return to Stamford Bridge next season and play a role in Thomas Tuchel’s side, Chelsea’s poor history of integrating academy players into the first-team has led some to believe that the 22-year-old will be gone Better off spending another year, or more, away from the blues.

Speaking at the end of the season awards ceremony at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, Parish admitted he was very open to re-signing Gallagher, saying: “We’d love to have him back. I won’t pretend that’s not the case.

“We loved every minute of having him here this year. As a player and as a person he is an asset to the club.

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Steve Parish saved Palace from liquidation in 2010 and has been in charge ever since (Picture: Getty)

“Conor’s future and that decision is not up to us, it’s up to him and Chelsea. They are the people who have to decide.

“Once they have made their choice, they know where we are and what we want. If everyone thinks coming back is the right thing for them, then we’d be happy.

“We either have to replace him or see if we can get him back. If it doesn’t work out, we wish him all the best as well.”

Gallagher was voted Palace’s player of the season and at the award ceremony he thanked the fans for their incredible support throughout the campaign.

“The support I get from them in every game and even here today it’s just amazing,” he said.

“It’s a great feeling for me and they made me feel so welcome, so I thank them for that.”

Palace had an impressive first season under Patrick Vieira, partly because of their fantastic recruitment, which saw them sign outstanding young stars like Gallagher, Marc Guehi and Michal Olise.

Parish added that their plan for the summer was to add a few more players in key areas but most importantly stick with the huge talent they possess, with Olise, Tyrick Mitchell and longtime talisman Wilfred Zaha all involved in big-money moves away from South London.

“We have one or two other situations that are well documented, so it’s important to keep what we have here.

“Then we have an idea or two where we think we can add something to make a difference, give us something different, hold the ball even better and be a little bit more damaging when we have it.

“Our ambition in the football club knows no bounds. We’ll obviously try to pull through some of the youngsters we have who are very good and we start dreaming of becoming Leicester every year.

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