Cole Palmer believes his decision to leave boyhood club Manchester City for Chelsea is paying off after he was named in the England squad for the first time.
Palmer is expected to play some role as England host Malta on Friday evening and he can be backed to score anytime at 5/6 with Betfair.
Cole Palmer on leaving Manchester City
Palmer joined Chelsea from Manchester City in a surprise £42.5million summer deal.
He has since enjoyed a superb start to the 2023/24 season, scoring four and assisting two in 10 Premier League games, including a huge equaliser vs his former club this past weekend.
Palmer’s fine form has been rewarded with his first senior England call-up, and the 21-year-old believes that is down to his decision to leave City for Chelsea:
“It was a big move for me, I’d never been out of Manchester, not even on loan or anything like that, so to move down there on my own was a big thing,” he said. “When I first went down there it was difficult, I was staying in a hotel but now I have settled in more and I’m enjoying it.
“It happened so fast. I spoke to someone at Chelsea and I was speaking to my dad but I really didn’t know what to do. I was thinking about it for a couple of days, every minute of the day and then I thought for my career I have to go and get regular game time. It was a really tough decision. But the competition that’s [at City], the players that were there, the players that they were going to try to sign... I wasn’t sure.
“I don’t think [England recognition] was a big part of it to be honest, I wasn’t even thinking of an England call up when I first went to Chelsea, I just wanted to play more games and have an opportunity to prove [myself]. Getting called up is just a bonus.
“Obviously you know how good of a manager [City’s] Pep Guardiola is and he gave me the opportunity and platform to kickstart my career so I’ll always be grateful to him. Who knows what would have happened if I had stayed. Maybe I would have played more, maybe not. But I think the decision to go to Chelsea so far is paying off.”