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“That means you’re a small club!”, Guardiola defends decision to sell Palmer to Chelsea

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has explained why he allowed Cole Palmer to join Chelsea in the summer.

Manchester City will face Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night.

The Citizens will also face two of their former players Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer on Sunday. Sterling joined Chelsea in 2022 and Palmer moved to the London club on this summer’s deadline day for £42.5 million.

The 21-year-old Palmer has scored three goals and provided four assists in his first 10 games for Chelsea. Ahead of the game, Guardiola revealed the conversation that led to Palmer leaving Manchester City.

“Cole arrived and accepted some processes and then after one or two years said ‘No, I don’t want to play here, I am not going to play.’ But I said ‘Riyad [Mahrez] is leaving, you are going to get a chance here,’ and he said ‘No, I am not going to play here, I want to leave,’ so I said ‘OK, leave,’” Guardiola explained.

“He got what he wanted. It is good for him. He is a young player, a huge talent otherwise he would not have been here. He is a nice lad and is doing really good.”

Pep Guardiola also insisted that he never stops a player from joining a rival because only small clubs should worry about selling players to their rivals.

Guardiola added: “Never, ever. I give my opinion to the club and they decide if the transfer suits both sides and the player. Why? I think that means you are a small club. Big clubs, they don’t prefer [care], they make decisions for the benefit of all three parties; players and both clubs, and agents sometimes.

“So really it is not a problem. They want to go to Chelsea or United or Liverpool, whatever, what is the problem? They are happy to be there, the club is happy with the transfer. The other club is happy with the amount of money they spend, it is fine.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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