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Chelsea have ‘no intention’ of loaning out Noni Madueke in January; Mauricio Pochettino launches Conor Gallagher contract plea

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A couple bits of news regarding potential January transfer window activities that I had missed in the last few days include Chelsea not looking to loan out Noni Madueke and Mauricio Pochettino launching another plea for a new contract for Conor Gallagher.

The first is contrary to recent reporting from ESPN, which claimed that Chelsea were open to “suitable” offers for the 21-year-old, who has barely featured under Mauricio Pochettino. Sure, he’s had a few injuries, but he’s been stuck at the bottom of the pecking order even when healthy. But The Athletic’s David Ornstein now claims that we have “no intention” of letting him leave on loan in January, which, if you’re cynical enough, could just mean that the “suitable” offers we’re looking for are permanent transfer offers.

Then again, Madueke would not be pure profit on the books, unlike Conor Gallagher (or any other Academy-grown player). The third (and these days first) captain of the squad is also a frequent name appearing in January exit rumors as he enters the final 18 months of his contract — with no sign of extension talks despite his own stated belief that a new deal will happen.

Gallagher has been a key player for Poch from day one — the only game he’s missed was through suspension; he’s started every other Premier League match — and the head coach certainly doesn’t want the 23-year-old to leave.

“[The contract issue] is between the club and the player. I don’t need to talk too much because it is not my decision. He is in the starting eleven in nearly all the games and is one of the captains. For me, he is the type of player that the club needs to have.”

“He’s important because of his Chelsea values. He came from the academy and knows the identity of the club and he is very committed. You can see on the pitch how he runs, plays, and fights. He gives everything and he is a really important player. All coaching staff want this type of player in their team.”

-Mauricio Pochettino; source: Evening Standard

So say we all.

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