Guardiola’s announcement about Palmer: "He stays or is sold"

Guardiola's announcement about Palmer: "He stays or is sold"

For years, Manchester City has spent many millions a year on the transfer market, but at the same time sporadically manages to promote their own talents in such a way that they get assignments in Pep Guardiola’s star ensemble. With Cole Palmer, the next homegrown product is following in the footsteps of Phil Foden, who has long been a fixture. Or will he leave these footsteps soon?

Palmer, a 21-year-old attacking midfielder who has played for Man City since childhood, underlined his remarkable early form on Wednesday night. After scoring his team’s only goal before penalties in the Community Shield against Arsenal (1:4 penalties), he did it again in the UEFA Supercup against FC Sevilla – this time as a starting XI and with a different outcome: ManCity beat Europa -League winner from the point, Palmer had been substituted shortly before.

After 25 competitive appearances last season, most of them as substitutes, Palmer is hungry for more playing time and is also considering a change of club. “When I arrived here, I was of the opinion that he wanted to leave,” said Guardiola after winning the title in Piraeus about his feeling about the start of preparation. “But now I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Guardiola praises Palmer: “He showed character”

The coach practically ruled out only one scenario: “I don’t think there will be a loan. He will stay or be sold.” He understands that Palmer wants to play more than last season. “But Riyadh (Mahrez, editor’s note) is no longer there, so we have one more place there.” Against Sevilla, Palmer started on the right wing, which the Algerian, who had moved to Saudi Arabia, had mostly occupied in recent years.

“He played really well and scored a fantastic goal,” said Guardiola Palmer. “He showed character. It’s not easy to play against a top defender like Acuna.” Now the club must decide how to proceed with the England U-21 international. Palmer’s contract runs until 2026. Most recently, Brighton and West Ham were considered potential buyers.

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