Cole Palmer has disclosed that he had the desire to remain at Manchester City before his transfer to Chelsea last summer.
The 21-year-old finalized a £40 million move from the Etihad Stadium to Stamford Bridge on deadline day, and under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, he has excelled despite the overall challenges faced by the club.
Palmer has accumulated an impressive record of eight goals and seven assists in his 21 appearances for Chelsea. His robust performances have earned him recognition on the international stage, leading to his first senior call-up to the England squad back in November.
Despite the City academy product exceeding all expectations since arriving in London, Palmer had no intentions of leaving his boyhood club during the summer transfer window as he now reflects on the talks he had with Pep Guardiola five months ago.
“Initially I didn’t want to leave,’ he told theDaily Mail. “I said I would go on loan and play for a year so I was ready for first-team football more because I didn’t play a lot of minutes [last season].
“But then Pep said ‘You’re either staying or you’re getting sold’ and, so yeah, I just got sold.
“I was a bit confused why they wouldn’t let me go on loan but [then] I said I wanted to go to Chelsea and I’m glad it’s turned out the way it has.”
Speaking on the differences between the two clubs and the stages they are at, Palmer added: “One is a project and one has established players. Our project is a young project. There are a lot of young players and I thought I would fit the project well.
“I didn’t know what the personalities were like before I came so they could have many people that liked it [having responsibility] but I would have thought I’ve definitely got more responsibility than I got at Man City.’