Mauricio Pochettino says he is happy with Conor Gallagher and hopes the midfielder remains at Chelsea past the transfer deadline.
Gallagher has been linked with an exit after Chelsea spent almost £200m on Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia and Lesley Ugochukwu to improve their midfield this summer, with both Spurs and Bayern Munich credited with interest in the England international.
The summer window closes for Premier League clubs on Friday at 11pm and Pochettino was asked whether Gallagher would still be a Chelsea player after the deadline.
“All players in the squad are in our plans,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference, ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Nottingham Forest.
“After is a decision of two parts of club and player. Conor is a consistent player than can play in different positions.
“Circumstances happen in the past we can say nothing, we can only say our feeling from day one and he has shown great commitment to the club, he was captain two days ago, he is an important player but the future I don’t know.
“If you are the best you are going to play, even if we spend big money on a player, that is football. All players in the squad know they are going to play if the deserve to play. That is the thing that is happening with the squad. We are so happy with him, we hope he stays.”