Patrick Vieira sends message to Chelsea midfielder

Conor Gallagher
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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has sent out a message of encouragement to Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher.

Gallagher impressed on loan with Palace last season, and the Eagles tried to make his loan deal permanent, but Chelsea decided to keep him.

Gallagher would make a first return to the Selhurst Park on Saturday, and Vieira is expecting a warm reception for the Chelsea midfielder.

Vieira also backed Gallagher to keep working hard to impress his manager.

He said: “I don’t have any doubt about the reception he will receive. It’s been challenging for him because he hasn’t played as much as he was expecting.

“He has to keep fighting & showing the manager that he wants to get into the team.”