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Thomas Tuchel urges Chelsea duo to 'fight' for their futures

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/08/2022 Ryan Walker For Mailonline

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told fringe stars Conor Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi that they must 'fight for their futures' at the club if they want to become regular starters.

Competition for places amidst a packed midfield is at an all-time within Tuchel's talented squad featuring a selection of international and trophy-laden stars at his disposal.

Gallagher was tipped to thrive in Chelsea's midfield this season following his hugely successful loan spell at Crystal Palace last season where he became one of Patrick Vieira's best players, scoring eight Premier League goals and registering three assists.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was left out of the matchday squad for Chelsea's trip to Everton

Callum Hudson-Odoi was left out of the matchday squad for Chelsea's trip to Everton
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Coming off the bench during the final minute of Chelsea's season-opening victory away at Everton wasn't the start that Gallagher had hoped for, while teammate Hudson-Odoi was left out of the matchday squad.

Tuchel revealed that 'everybody was for sale' at Chelsea ahead of Sunday's visit of cross-city rivals Tottenham with Hudson-Odoi wanting a move away from Stamford Bridge and Gallagher the subject of Premier League loan interest.

'In general nobody is for sale,' Tuchel told reporters. 'Nobody is for sale and everybody is for sale.

 'It depends on what the player wants, how bad the player wants it, what we think about who is ready to pay a certain amount of money and then maybe everybody is for sale.'

The 22-year-old midfielder scored eight Premier League goals for Palace last season © Provided by Daily Mail The 22-year-old midfielder scored eight Premier League goals for Palace last season Gallagher's impressive performances at Crystal Palace earned him a first England call-up © Provided by Daily Mail Gallagher's impressive performances at Crystal Palace earned him a first England call-up

Tuchel went on to back Gallagher to return to the form that saw Chelsea refuse to send him back out on loan, but admitted it would be hard for the Englishman to get regular game time amongst a congested midfield.


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The German boss also revealed he hopes that Raheem Sterling's addition will help get the best out of Hudson-Odoi who has so far failed to live up to the potential club officials expect from him.

'To be honest, it is a very tough fight for him. It seems we only have two places in central midfield. Given the amount of players we have for central midfield, it isn't ideal I agree.  

'But at the moment, he is absolutely fine. I am a huge fan of Conor. 

The talented winger has been targeting a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer © Provided by Daily Mail The talented winger has been targeting a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer Hudson-Odoi was part of Chelsea's pre-season trip to America ahead of the new season © Provided by Daily Mail Hudson-Odoi was part of Chelsea's pre-season trip to America ahead of the new season

'It is a very, very normal situation and development at the moment that after some fantastic training sessions in the beginning, there is a little dip in his form and freshness which he suffers,' said Tuchel.

'On top of that, there's a huge competition with N'Golo [Kante], Jorgi[nho] and [Mateo] Kova[cic], who are used to playing with each other. This is also life in a big club like Chelsea, so everything is in its right place. 

'Callum is the same.He had a long-term injury and long-term problems to overcome. 

'That's where he suffered from. I think he still has a way to go to live up to his potential.

'His potential is huge. I think having Raheem in can give him an extra boost to step up and see what's needed in these kinds of positions to reach the levels he can honestly reach. 

'But at the moment, he is our player and he needs to fight, fight, fight. I have nothing more to say.'

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