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Todd Boehly faces internal Chelsea fury after transfer decisions that may prove costly

Concerns are starting to be voiced about the direction of Chelsea new owner Todd Boehly, according to reports.

The mass exodus of homegrown players at Chelsea has been questioned by those within the club, with the sale of Mason Mount to Manchester United coming under huge scrutiny.

According to the Daily Mail, academy staff pushed for Conor Gallagher to stay at Stamford Bridge while they made their feelings clear about the sale of Mount.

“Plenty of people here are not happy at Mason being allowed to leave. He was the shining light used for the kids. That’s why we want Conor (Gallagher) to stay too,” a source revealed.

There were similar concerns about the sale of academy graduate Lewis Hall to Newcastle. The 18-year-old has signed for the Magpies on loan this campaign before completing a permanent transfer next summer for £28m

Hall is one of England’s most exciting young full-backs and his exit is said to have caused a stir with the backroom staff. It was expected that Gallagher, who has been at the club since the age of eight, would be following him out of the club soon.

But, Mauricio Pochettino, on the recommendation of academy staff, has chosen to incorporate him into his first-team plans this campaign. West Ham had a £40m offer for the 23-year-old turned down last month.

The Blues had previously been open to selling him for a fee of around £50m but are now looking at extending his contract and giving him a more vital role in the team.

Gallagher is expected to get a good run of games under his belt this year with Carney Chukwuemeka out of action for an extended period of time after undergoing knee surgery on an injury he suffered in Chelsea’s defeat to the Hammers on Sunday

When asked about the speculation surrounding Gallagher’s future by reporters last month, Pochettino said: “In football, anything can happen. Now I am happy with him and his performance there are still two years on his contract.

“I’m happy with him and his performance. At the moment there’s nothing to say.”

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