It has been reported that Chelsea have the option to recall on-loan Charlton Athletic midfielder Conor Gallagher in January, according to The Sun.
The 19-year-old former Chelsea academy player of the year left Stamford Bridge for The Valley in the summer transfer window, going on to become an integral part of Lee Bowyer’s side this season, scoring five times for The Addicks in the Championship.
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His form for Charlton earned him a call-up to England’s under-21 squad, where he was once again on the scoresheet in a UEFA qualifier against Albania in midweek, which the Young Lions won 3-0.
According to the report in The Sun, Chelsea can use the clause to recall Gallagher and loan him out to another club if they wish, or draft the midfielder into Frank Lampard’s first-team squad.
However, Gallagher told The Sun that he relishes working under Bowyer, especially because of the experience he has an an ex-player at the top level.
Gallagher also said that he sees himself being at The Valley until the end of the season at least.
This piece of news will worry Charlton fans, as they have already learnt that Josh Cullen may be able to get recalled by West Ham in January, but will have comfort from Gallagher stating he wants to see out his loan spell at The Valley.
Gallagher has been one of Charlton’s most influential players this season, showing maturity for someone of just 19 years of age, and also showing his undoubted talent on the pitch.