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Crystal Palace want Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan transfer next season if Chelsea don’t let them keep Conor Gallagher

CRYSTAL PALACE want to extend Conor Gallagher’s loan from Chelsea – while they may also move for his team-mate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Gallagher, 22, joined the Eagles on a season-long loan last summer and he has shone for them under Patrick Vieira.

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Crystal Palace could target a move for Ruben Loftus-CheekCredit: Alamy
They want to keep Conor Gallagher for another season on-loan

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They want to keep Conor Gallagher for another season on-loanCredit: Getty

The star has scored eight goals and produced three assists in the Premier League and his performances have led to an England call-up.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been hugely impressed and is considering promoting him to the first-team at Stamford Bridge next term.

However, he would be battling the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount for a place in the jam-packed midfield.

Loftus-Cheek has recently enjoyed a revival at the Blues, playing a number of different positions, and is hoping to secure more regular action.

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The England international, 26, boosted those chances with a goal against Palace, the team he spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at, in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win.

Now Steve Parish, chairman of the Eagles, has revealed that he will make an attempt to bring Loftus-Cheek back should he fail to keep Gallagher.

When quizzed on whether competition for places at Chelsea could help them to retain Gallagher, Parish told The Mirror: “Of course. But the player is the number one person.

“He knows exactly what his priorities are and he knows exactly what he’s doing.

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“I’m sure at the end of the season. Conor will work out what he thinks the best thing for him is and that will be the catalyst for it.”

Parish added: “If there’s an opportunity to get him or even Ruben Loftus-Cheek then of course.

“These are top players and it’s been brilliant having him here this year, not just because of what he does on the pitch.

“Also because of the way he is around the place, the way he is with the media and supporters and because of how special a lad he is.”

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