Cole Palmer mentioned that his unexpected move from Manchester City, where he contributed to their success, to Chelsea is paying off.
After scoring for City in August’s Community Shield and the UEFA Super Cup, Palmer, a 21-year-old forward, made a £42.5 million ($53 million) move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day. Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, he has scored four goals and provided four assists in 11 games.
His performance earned him a call-up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate due to injuries to James Maddison, Callum Wilson, and Lewis Dunk.
“It happened fast, to be fair,” Cole Palmer said at a press conference ahead of England’s final two Euro 2024 qualifiers, referring to his move.
“I spoke to someone at Chelsea and I was speaking to my dad, but I really didn’t know what to do.
“I was just thinking about it for a couple of days, like near enough every minute of the day.
“But then I just thought for my career and stuff I have to go and try and get regular game time.
“It was a big move for me. I’d never been out of Manchester, not even on loan or anything like that, so to move down there on my own was a big thing.”
Palmer’s playing time at Manchester City was limited to only seven starts last year due to a mix of injuries and tough competition within the team, despite the club’s triumphant wins in the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup.
He expressed gratitude towards City manager Pep Guardiola for kickstarting his career.
“Who knows what would have happened if I had stayed,” he added. “Maybe I would have played more, maybe not. But I think the decision that I made to go to Chelsea so far is paying off.”
“A lot of people told me how he is with young players,” he said.
“Ever since I went to Chelsea I can see it, so I’m enjoying working with him and excited to carry on working with him.
“He has given me the confidence and licence to go where I want on the pitch, where I feel I can use my strengths, so I’m grateful for it.”
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