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Thomas Tuchel urges Chelsea's Conor Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi to 'fight' for their futures

Thomas Tuchel urges Chelsea fringe players Conor Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi to ‘fight’ for their future amid huge competition for seats at Stamford Bridge

  • Thomas Tuchel has told fringe players to ‘fight’ for Chelsea places
  • Tuchel referred to midfielders Conor Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi
  • The German insisted that competition for starting places was extremely high
  • Chelsea welcome Antonio Conte’s Tottenham to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told fringe stars Conor Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi they must ‘fight for their future’ at the club if they are to become regular starters.

The competition for places amid a packed midfield is ever-present within Tuchel’s talented squad, with a roster of international and trophy-laden stars at their disposal.

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

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

Conor Gallagher played just one minute of Chelsea's opening win over Everton

Conor Gallagher played just one minute of Chelsea's opening win over Everton

Chelsea duo Conor Gallagher and Callum Hudson-Odoi face huge competition for seats

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said 'everyone is for sale' at the Premier League club

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said 'everyone is for sale' at the Premier League club

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has said ‘everyone is for sale’ at the Premier League club

Coming off the bench in the last minute of Chelsea’s season-opening win at Everton was not the start Gallagher had hoped for, as team-mate Hudson-Odoi was left out of the squad.

Tuchel revealed that ‘everyone was for sale’ at Chelsea ahead of Sunday rivals Tottenham’s visit with Hudson-Odoi wanting to get away from Stamford Bridge and Gallagher, the subject of Premier League loan interest.

“In general, there is no one for sale,” Tuchel told reporters. “No one is for sale and everyone is for sale.

“It depends on what the player wants, how much the player wants it, what we think about who is willing to pay a certain amount and then maybe everyone is for sale.”

The 22-year-old midfielder scored eight Premier League goals for Palace last season

The 22-year-old midfielder scored eight Premier League goals for Palace last season

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 call-up in England

Gallagher's impressive performances at Crystal Palace earned him a first call-up in England

Gallagher’s impressive performances at Crystal Palace earned him a first call-up in England

Tuchel went on to take Gallagher back to form in which Chelsea refused to loan him out, but admitted it would be difficult for the Englishman to get regular playing time in a crowded midfield.

The German boss also revealed he hopes the addition of Raheem Sterling will help make the most of Hudson-Odoi, who has so far failed to live up to the potential club officials expected of him.

“To be honest, it’s a very tough fight for him. It looks like we only have two places in central midfield. Given the number of players we have for central midfield, it’s not ideal, I agree.

“But at the moment he’s all right. I am a big fan of Conor.

The talented winger is targeting a move from Stamford Bridge this summer

The talented winger is targeting a move from Stamford Bridge this summer

The talented winger is targeting a move from Stamford Bridge this summer

Hudson-Odoi was part of Chelsea's pre-season trip to America ahead of the new season

Hudson-Odoi was part of Chelsea's pre-season trip to America ahead of the new season

Hudson-Odoi was part of Chelsea’s pre-season trip to America ahead of the new season

“It’s a very, very normal situation and development at the moment that after some great training in the beginning, there is a dip in his form and freshness that is bothering him,” said Tuchel.

In addition, there is 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 place.

Callum is the same. He had a long-term injury and problems that had to be overcome in the long run.

‘That bothered him. I think he still has a way to go to live up to his potential.

“His potential is enormous. I think having Raheem can give him an extra boost to get up and see what it takes in these kinds of positions to reach the levels he can honestly reach.

“But right now he is our player and he has to fight, fight, fight. I have nothing more to say.’

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