Conor Gallagher drops clearest transfer hint yet amid 'obvious' next Chelsea manager choice

Conor Gallagher of Chelsea applauds the supporters during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2024 in London, England.
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Chelsea will be forced into a number of huge decisions this summer ahead of the 2024/25 season. Conor Gallagher looks set to be at the centre of one of those with his future at Stamford Bridge even more uncertain following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.

The former Blues boss was a huge fan of Gallagher and made it subtly obvious on many occasions he did not want the club to sell him despite the need to raise funds. As an academy graduate, any funds acquired from his exit would count as pure profit which is why Chelsea are still keen to sell despite his excellent season.

Like Pochettino, it is certainly possible the next manager will want to keep Gallagher but that looks unlikely to happen regardless of who comes in. Kieran McKenna and Enzo Maresca are two of the frontrunners although Chelsea are likely to face competition from Brighton and possibly Manchester United, depending on their Erik ten Hag decision.

With numerous Premier League clubs thinking about managerial changes, a shock announcement in Europe has presented Chelsea with the chance to appoint a great manager that is not currently being considered. With that in mind, has taken a specific look at the latest transfer rumours and next manager news.

Gallagher makes Chelsea admission

Following the 2023/24 season, Gallagher has been quoted discussing Chelsea's mixed campaign along with his own personal achievements.

"It was a fantastic end to the season," he said via Chelsea's official website. "I think we won the last five games and it’s a great achievement for us.

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"Securing European football is also a great achievement considering where we were at, but the expectation at Chelsea is more than what we have achieved this season. Everyone knows that but considering the moment, it’s a great achievement.

"I’ve scored a few goals which has been very nice. You can’t beat the feeling of scoring and I’m really happy that I’ve been able to help the team out because that’s the most important thing." says: "Gallagher has been a key cog for Chelsea this season and regardless of the financial gain, it would be bizarre to sell him.

"Of course this could be entirely uncoincidental but not once does Gallagher reference next season, perhaps aware of the fate that awaits him. Pochettino was going to be the key figure in keeping him at the club but with him now gone, there is nothing stopping club chiefs from selling the midfielder to the highest bidder.

"Given he is English, remaining in the Premier League seems likely, with Tottenham and Aston Villa interested. In his message, Gallagher also thanked supporters for backing him throughout the season in what could be his final goodbye, despite his own preference to stay."

Xavi available

Barcelona confirmed on Friday that Xavi would be leaving the club despite just recently confirming a U-turn on his initial exit decision.

Despite convincing him to stay, the Spanish club made the decision with an eye on appointing Hansi Flick as his successor which subsequently takes away another possible management option for Chelsea. However, Xavi is now available heading into the 2024/25 season. says: "The current names in the running to become Chelsea boss are not exactly awe-inspiring to the majority. Kieran McKenna and Enzo Maresca are good managers in their own right however Graham Potter was also considered to be one of those and we all know how that ended.

"At the end of the day, Xavi worked under Pep Guardiola and matches the requirements Chelsea are looking for while also being a big name. Convincing him to arrive in west London could be a significant task though, but it is obvious Chelsea should at least try."