Date: 17th April 2023 at 5:23pm
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Chelsea will have to overturn a two-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday if they are to stand any chance of progressing past Real Madrid and into the Champions League semi-finals. 

The reigning European champions arrive at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday with a 2-0 first leg lead in hand, and The Blues’ recent form will only make their Spanish opponents more confident.

Chelsea are without a win in six matches across all competitions, and have won just two of their last 12 games in the Premier League.

With caretaker manager Frank Lampard set to depart the club when his short-term deal expires at the end of the season, the future looks extremely uncertain in SW6.

A number of players face uncertain futures, too, with N’Golo Kante set to be out of contract at the end of the current campaign and Mason Mount yet to agree an extension to his current deal, which runs until next summer.

Now, it appears that another of Chelsea’s players is still considering his future at the club.

According to 90min, midfielder Conor Gallagher will not make a decision on his future until the club has appointed a permanent manager.

Gallagher netted his second Chelsea goal against Brighton on Saturday

Lampard has been placed in temporary charge until a permanent successor to Graham Potter can be found, and Gallagher is reportedly reluctant to commit to a new deal until the issue is resolved.

The 23-year-old has impressed during his debut season in the first team at Stamford Bridge, making 37 appearances across all competitions so far.

Gallagher – who has previously gained Premier League experience while on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace – has scored two goals so far this term, including The Blues’ opener during their 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Despite being heavily involved with the first team this season, the England international will wait until he has spoken to the incoming manager before making a decision, with the player said to be keen to learn of the new boss’ plans for him personally.

The player’s current contract is set to run until the summer of 2025, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will fulfil that deal.

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