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Crystal Palace: Pundit drops worrying claim over Conor Gallagher

Crystal Palace have already given up hope of turning Conor Gallagher’s stay at Selhurst Park permanent next summer, according to pundit Carlton Palmer.

What’s the story?

The 21-year-old has impressed since joining the Eagles on a season-long loan back in July, playing a pivotal part as Patrick Vieira’s charges have risen to 12th in the Premier League table.

However, it now appears unlikely that Gallagher will be plying his trade in south London next term following a string of eye-catching performances, with ex-England international Palmer believing a return to parent club Chelsea is on the cards.

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think they’re resigned to the fact that they won’t sign him permanently, that is for sure.

“I don’t believe that Chelsea will let him go permanently, so you’ve always got to be in the hunch and looking for good players.”

Will Gallagher join Palace permanently?

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Yes, definitely!

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Crystal Palace fans will be gutted

Vieira made Gallagher one of his first acquisitions after arriving at the capital club, and his performances in the opening period of the campaign have illustrated why the 45-year-old tactician was so keen to secure his services.

Since being ruled out of action against Chelsea on the opening day of the season, Gallagher has started every league game for Palace, bagging six goals and laying on a further three assists in his 15 appearances.

The £17k-per-week gem’s outstanding performances at club level caught the eye of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, who rewarded him with his first senior England cap during the 10-0 thrashing of San Marino.

Therefore, with Gallagher’s growing importance to this improving Palace side, the club’s supporters will be extremely gutted about Palmer’s latest revelation.

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He put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge last year following a breakout campaign on loan at West Bromwich Albion, meaning any potential suitor would have to pay a substantial fee to prise him away from his boyhood club.

It remains to be seen where Gallagher’s long-term future lies, but Palace will want to make the most out of the youngster during the limited time they have him at their disposal, before signing a worthy replacement ahead of 2022/23.

And, in other news…“Unbelievable” £30k-p/w beast is already solving Vieira’s big CPFC conundrum

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