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Chelsea whiz Conor Gallagher joins Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on loan transfer despite Leeds and Newcastle interest

CONOR GALLAGHER has joined Crystal Palace on loan.

The Chelsea midfielder, 21, signed on the dotted line on Friday amid interest from Leeds and Newcastle.

Conor Gallagher has completed his move to Crystal Palace

SunSport understands he rejected the rival interest to head to Selhurst Park as he wanted to be part of Patrick Vieira’s revolution.

It continues the rejuvenation of the Eagles squad under the new boss this summer with older stars such as Andros Townsend and Scott Dann departing and replaced by younger players.

Palace have already boosted their ranks with the signings of Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and back-up keeper Remi Matthews.

Gallagher is a further boost to add some much-needed energy in midfield.

He said: “I’m buzzing to be here. I can’t wait to get started, I’m happy to get the deal over the line.

“I spoke to the manager, I liked what he said, I liked how he wants to play, how he wants me to play and how he wants the team to play.

“I feel like I can learn from him and the players around me.”

Chairman Steve Parish said: “I am delighted Conor has chosen to come to Crystal Palace on a season-long loan after some impressive performances in the Premier League last season.

“We very much look forward to him joining the squad as we continue to build towards the new season.”

The Chelsea academy graduate rose through the ranks in 2019 but has yet to register a senior appearance with the Blues.

The youngster is a versatile player who predominantly features in central midfield but can also cover every position in the middle of the park.

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Gallagher can also play in attack as a right winger but Vieira will prefer to use him in midfield.

The 21-year-old has amassed plenty of experience as he has been sent out on loan to Charlton, Swansea and West Brom.

He has registered a total of 79 appearances across all competitions with those three clubs.

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