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In recent years, if there’s an unsung hero at Chelsea, it undoubtedly is Conor Gallagher. While some academy graduates have departed for more lucrative opportunities or sought the allure of brighter lights at Premier League rivals and European giants, the 23-year-old has remained steadfast with the Blues without hesitation.

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Amidst a season marked by both on and off-pitch challenges, Gallagher emerged as a constant, impressively anchoring the midfield under the management of Graham Potter and Frank Lampard.

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Despite consistent performances, there were calls from certain supporters for his departure during the summer, as plans for a dressing room overhaul coincided with Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival.

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Nevertheless, Pochettino was resolute in including Gallagher in his plans from the outset. The England international even earned the captain’s armband in the Carabao Cup second-round victory against AFC Wimbledon.

Despite strong rumors linking him to a move to local rivals Tottenham, Pochettino made it clear that the 23-year-old remained an integral part of his squad.