Carlo Cudicini labels Crystal Palace the ‘right club’ for Chelsea hopeful Conor Gallagher

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Carlo Cudicini has praised Conor Gallagher for his performances while on loan at Crystal Palace

Emerging as one of the signings of the season, the 21-year-old has started all 16 of Palace’s Premier League games thus far, earning an England call-up in the process. 

Such has been the impact he’s made, there had been suggestions parent club Chelsea could look to recall him amid their injury crisis, although Cudicini - loan manager at Stamford Bridge - has stressed the importance of staying at Selhurst Park. 

"What’s important for Conor is to finish the season where he is. That’s why we’ve not put anything in place to recall him next month - it’s the same with Billy Gilmour," he told Ladbrokes.

"I’ve said this many times in the past, but a loan isn’t necessarily only successful if you’re playing every single minute. Sometimes, especially at that age, you learn just as much when you’re not in the team.

"I think back to Conor last season at West Bromwich Albion where he had a difficult moment when the manager Slaven Bilic was replaced by Sam Allardyce.

"Conor missed a few games under Allardyce and I had to talk with him and remind him that he should take this as a positive moment, because he’s learning how to deal with these types of situations and managerial changes.

"You hope to play every minute of every game, but there will be a time where you spend some time on the bench, so why not start to deal with that part of the game now?

"With a player as talented as Conor, you’re always going to receive a lot of interest from a number of clubs, both from England and abroad.

"It was just a matter of understanding what the manager wants from him, and then it’s about picking the right club - and we feel Crystal Palace is exactly that."

Additional reporting from PA

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