Pep Guardiola accepts the responsibility for Manchester City's failure to keep Cole Palmer.
Cole Palmer is an English professional football player who is used as an attacking midfielder or forward for Premier League side Chelsea.
He captained the Manchester City Under-18s in the 2019/20 season and helped lead the Citizens to league and cup glory.
His impressive performances caught the eye of manager Pep Guardiola who moved him to the fringes of the first-team squad in the 2021/22 season.
He played 14 times in the Premier League during the 2022/23 season as Guardiola’s side won a third consecutive title, and was an unused substitute during their Champions League final victory over Inter in Istanbul.
Palmer scored a spectacular goal at Wembley in the team’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the 2023/24 Community Shield, a match they went on to lose on penalties.
He was also City’s scorer in the Super Cup draw with Sevilla in Athens in August 2023 which ended in a victorious penalty shoot-out.
On transfer deadline day, Chelsea signed Palmer on a seven-year contract paying an initial £40million with an additional £2.5m in possible add-ons.
Under-18s double success
As captain, Palmer was the standout star in the club's league and cup double success in the 2019/20 Under-18 season. He scored 16 and assisted seven in 20 games.
On the inaugural day of the season he opened his account with a brace during a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Palmer would go on to score six in the next four fixtures.
A hat-trick was later to come in the season during a 7-0 battering of Sunderland and a crucial goal against Liverpool would be the cherry on top in a triumphant title winning campaign.
Not only did the youngster achieve league glory, but also 2020 FA Youth Cup success.
Cole Palmer dedicates his FA Youth Cup final goal to his former teammate Jeremy Wisten 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ONFwzMAEUM— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 2, 2020
Man City defeated Swansea, Fulham and Blackburn on the way to the final were they beat Chelsea 3-2. Palmer set up James McAtee's equaliser and scored the winner.
City first team dream
After his success during the 19/20 season, Palmer was invited to train with the Man City first team as he prepared for life under Guardiola.
Palmer featured on the bench for the first time during Man City's second game of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign against Leicester City.
Three days later, Palmer made his Man City first team debut in a 3-0 EFL Cup win against Burnley.
Despite failing to feature further in the EFL Cup and in the league, Palmer played the last eight minutes of a Champions League group match against French side Marseille. It would be his last appearance in the first team that season.
In the 2021/22 season, Palmer made his Premier League debut against Norwich in August, before featuring in wins against Burnley and Everton, where he made his first start.
His first senior goal came against Wycombe Wanderers in the EFL Cup third round as he added the sixth and final goal to a well-rounded victory.
In October netted his first Manchester City goal in the Champions League. After being subbed on for Kevin de Bruyne in the 65th minute, Palmer added City's fourth, two minutes later, in a 5-1 win against Club Brugge. A curling effort from outside of the box that nestled into the back of the net.
Palmer made further strides in the 2022/23 season, playing 14 times in the Premier League and earning a winners' medal as Guardiola’s side won a third consecutive title.
He was also an unused substitute during their Champions League final victory over Inter in Istanbul and picked up an FA Cup winners' medal too.
He began the 2023/24 season by scoring a spectacular goal at Wembley in the team’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Community Shield, a match they went on to lose on penalties.
He was also City’s scorer in the Super Cup draw with Sevilla in Athens last month which ended in a victorious penalty shoot-out.
But that would be his last action in a City shirt, as Chelsea came knocking for his services on transfer deadline day.
Moving to Chelsea
On September 1, 2023, Chelsea completed the signing of the 21-year-old Palmer on a seven-year contract for an initial £40million with an additional £2.5m in possible add-ons.
City had been keen to keep Palmer but were ultimately persuaded to part with by the size of Chelsea’s bid.
“I’m excited to get started and it feels great to sign,” Palmer told the Chelsea website.
“I’ve joined Chelsea because the project here sounds good and because of the platform I will have to try to showcase my talents. It is a young and hungry squad and, hopefully, we can do something special here.”
Palmer made his Chelsea debut from the bench in a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest.
Palmer has featured for England Under-15s all the way to Under-21 level.
Palmer is a Nike sponsored athlete, and wears the Nike Mercurial Superfly VIII Elite.
Cole Palmer's net worth is believed to be £400,000.