Patrick Vieira baffled by Chelsea decision on Crystal Palace loan Conor Gallagher
Chelsea have informed Crystal Palace of the availability of their loan midfielder Conor Gallagher to play against them in the FA Cup semi-final next weekend
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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira admits he is frustrated Chelsea rejected a request from the Eagles to let Conor Gallagher play in the FA Cup semi-final next Sunday.
Vieira had hoped the on-loan midfielder would be given the green light to test himself against his parent club at Wembley. But the Blues, who beat Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals, have adhered to FA rules which state players on loan cannot play without written permission from the loaning club, meaning the England star will have to sit out Match.
Vieira said: “It’s not the best rule because the only one who will lose is Conor. There’s a semi-final, it’s a really exciting game about how you’re going to manage yourself and prepare to play at this game, then there is this kind of game and its importance.
“It’s an experience the player lacks and I’m disappointed for him. He’s played every game so far and if there’s anyone who deserves to be in the semi-finals it’s him. because of his performance, so I’m disappointed that he can’t play.
“Chelsea’s decision to send him on loan is to play those kinds of games. We as a group have the opportunity to play an important game and this game would have given him more confidence and belief. We could lose but for him to have been on the pitch is what he needs to continue to develop, since he’s been with us he’s been fantastic and for him not to have the chance to get involved in this game, it’s It’s something frustrating for his development. I feel for him because he wanted to play in this game – every player would want to play in this game.”
Ahead of the semi-final, Palace face Leicester today and Vieira wants his club to learn from the Foxes to become European regulars and silverware challengers. He added: “Leicester’s example is a good example to follow because they’ve been very consistent in what they’ve tried to build and they have that kind of stability which gives them the ability to grow as a team. and soccer club.
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“Winning this game is not about sending a message – as a club, as a team, we want to finish as high as possible and if it’s ninth or 10th we’ll try to get it. And that’s also a good period to see how ambitious we are as individual players to want to finish in the top half of the table It comes from me as a manager and staff to drive the players but the players also have to have that kind of fire and determination to finish in the top half of the table.
Vieira is also keen to see fellow Arsenal Invincible Leicester first-team coach Kolo Toure. He said: “I love Kolo, we had a really good time at Arsenal, we have a really good relationship, we always talk and I’m really happy that he decided to become a manager. I know he appreciates really his time at Leicester, he is learning a lot alongside Brendan Rodgers and I hope he moves on to manager.