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Cole Palmer reveals ‘weird’ feeling of going back to the Etihad Stadium

Cole Palmer acknowledges that his return to the Etihad Stadium as a Chelsea player on Saturday will be a “weird” experience.

Cole Palmer will return to the Etihad Stadium with Chelsea this weekend. This marks Palmer’s first visit to Manchester City‘s home ground since his unexpected move to west London at the end of the summer transfer window.

Chelsea secured Palmer’s services for an initial fee of £40 million, with an additional £2.5 million in potential add-ons. Despite the sizable investment, the deal has proven to be worthwhile, with Palmer currently leading Chelsea’s scoring charts with 12 goals.

“I have been surprised by how well it’s gone here so quickly, but I always back myself to succeed,” Palmer told the club’s official website.

“I’m looking forward to going back to the Etihad. It will be strange, a weird feeling, but I’m looking forward to it and the team’s looking forward to it.

“I’m very excited to be honest, even though it will be strange.

“Obviously I played against them at Stamford Bridge, but I think going back to the Etihad will be even stranger.”

Palmer explains his reasons to leave the Etihad Stadium

In their November encounter at Stamford Bridge, the two teams played out a remarkable 4-4 draw, with Palmer stepping up to equalize from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Palmer has scored ten of his Chelsea goals in the Premier League, showcasing remarkable form that has put him in contention for a spot in England’s Euro 2024 squad this summer.

“When I made the decision to come down here with my family it was a really tough decision to leave,” said Palmer, who joined City at the age of eight and began the season by scoring for them in the Community Shield and Super Cup final.

“But I felt like I was ready to play week in, week out and showcase my ability.

“So thank you to the club and everyone who has supported me.

“It’s down to the manager (Mauricio Pochettino) giving me the freedom, the club giving me the opportunity and the lads, who have been great with me since I came in.

“I’ve settled fast so I’m enjoying it here.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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