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Chelsea management doesn’t want to retain Gallagher for next term

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Todd Boehly, Chelsea owner, has not extended Conor Gallagher’s contract due to two significant concerns about the midfielder. Gallagher reaffirmed his value with two goals in Chelsea’s 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino described Gallagher as “priceless” in his post-match press conference, a sentiment not accidental. He’s reportedly opposing the club’s intention to sell Gallagher.

With less than 18 months left on his contract and considering his status as an academy product, Chelsea stands to make a full profit by selling Gallagher. While Gallagher is eager to remain at Stamford Bridge, Boehly is intending to offload the midfielder.

Why is Chelsea boss planning to offload Gallagher?

Initially, doubts linger over Gallagher’s long-term fit for the club. Despite his impressive performances this season, Chelsea’s current position in 10th raises concerns for Boehly regarding the midfielder’s suitability for a team aiming to win the Premier League.

Secondly, Boehly is hesitant to disrupt the club’s wage framework. And thus, refuses to yield to Gallagher’s demands due to his impending contract expiration. Gallagher, presently earning approximately £70,000 per week, had anticipated nearly tripling his salary with his next contract.

However, Chelsea adheres to a rough £150,000-per-week limit for most of their squad, and they do not consider Gallagher in the same bracket as teammate Reece James, for whom they broke their wage structure.

Whatever, Chelsea really needs to step up their game as they remain in a vulnerable position in the league. Their dreams of reaching even top 5 look bleak.

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