In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Conor Gallagher talks about building on the good start to his loan spell in Wales, Jimmy Greaves’ son speaks about the strong support for his father to be recognised by the honours system and Chelsea are reportedly interested in a player dubbed ‘the new Mesut Ozil’.
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Gallagher looks to build on good start
Conor Gallagher has told Swansea City’s official website he still sees room for improvement in his game despite starting well in his loan spell at the Championship club.
The 20-year-old joined the Swans on loan from Chelsea in January after impressing in the first half of the season at Charlton Athletic and has started every game since his arrival at the Liberty Stadium, providing three assists in six appearances.
However, the young midfielder is looking to get even better as he continues to shine in his first full season in senior football.
‘I’m going to give 100 per cent in every game, but it won’t work out in every game. People will see that,’ he said.
‘I feel like I did quite well [in Swansea’s 4-4 draw] against Hull and got a couple of assists, but I’d still like to do better.
‘I think there’s improvement there for sure. I’m looking forward to showing more of what I can do.’
Greaves’ son delighted with campaign
The son of former Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves has told TalkSport of his family’s delight at seeing the strong support behind a campaign to get his father recognised in the honours system.
Greaves, who began his legendary career at Stamford Bridge where he scored 132 league goals in 169 games for the Blues, turns 80 this week and has been the subject of a campaign by the Daily Mail to have him added to the honour roll.
It has received strong support from the likes of Harry Kane and Peter Crouch, with a petition for Greaves to be honoured collecting over 20,000 signatures.
‘It’s absolutely amazing, I’m overwhelmed,’ said Danny Greaves.
‘For whatever reason, I don’t know why dad hasn’t been honoured in the past and who knows whether he’ll get one in the future.
‘But from a family point of view, we’re all absolutely overwhelmed with the publicity and the support from legends in the game past and present, and from the public.
‘It’s been absolutely superb. Thousands and thousands of people have joined the campaign and it’s just lovely.’
Greaves, who also played for AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and England during his career, suffered a severe stroke in 2015, which left him wheelchair-bound and with speech difficulties.
Speaking about his father’s health, Danny added: ‘He’s not a well man now, which is a real shame, but he’s not too bad.
‘He’s severely disabled from the stroke he has a few years ago. He’s in a wheelchair, he’s completely paralysed down the right side and he has very limited speech, but he’s in good spirits.’
Blues linked with young Austrian
According to TalkSport, Chelsea are considering a summer bid for Rapid Vienna midfielder Melih Ibrahimoglu, who has been dubbed ‘the new Mesut Ozil’.
Citing a report by Calcio Mercato, the broadcasters report the Blues are vying with Italian sides Roma and Sampdoria for the 19-year-old, who is said to possess excellent vision and technical ability on the ball.
‘Ibrahimoglu has shined for the Rapid Vienna second team this season with a string of fine displays, scoring four goals in 11 matches in the Austrian Regional League,’ states the report.
‘The playmaker has also represented Austria at Under-20 level and it is believed he could be available for a cut-price fee, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2021.
‘Stamford Bridge chiefs believe they could strike a deal for the talented young midfielder for a fee in the region of £3million.’