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Guardiola insists he ‘never had any doubts’ about Cole Palmer’s quality

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he knew Cole Palmer was “a star player” before his move to Chelsea.

Manchester City sold Cole Palmer to Chelsea for £42.5 million last summer. The 21-year-old just started six times for City but has scored 10 goals in the Premier League in 20 matches this season. He returns to the Etihad for the first time on Saturday.

In his press conference on Friday, Guardiola insisted he never had doubts about Palmer’s quality.

He said: “If he [Palmer] plays regularly, yes [I knew he would perform well]. I didn’t have any doubts about his quality. The way he’s playing is a star player. He wanted the minutes, it was a question of time to show his immense quality.

Cole Palmer is an exceptional player and a lovely lad and of course I wish him well at Chelsea.

Guardiola also confirmed Jack Grealish will miss the game against Chelsea but Kovacic is fit to face his former team.

“All I know is that he [Grealish] is not available tomorrow,” Guardiola said. “Bernardo, we will assess in today’s training session. Mateo [Kovacic] is back in training, Sergio [Gomez] as well — the rest we will see.”

Man City boss expects one of the toughest games of the season when his team faces Pochettino’s side on Saturday.

They are an exceptional team,” he said. “One of the toughest games we have before the end of the season. In the last games, they play really good. They have everything. They are a really good team, it’s a tough one.”

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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