Cole Palmer opens up on his decision to leave Manchester City for Chelsea this summer

Cole Palmer has acknowledged that he left Manchester for Chelsea in order to play more frequently for the first team

On the day of the transfer deadline, Chelsea shelled out a massive £45 million to capture the services of the brilliant 21-year-old, bringing the club’s total summer spending to well over £400 million. Palmer has now provided an explanation for his decision to leave Man City, where he has been on the books since 2010. Palmer has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

“I’m not saying that because I’ve never done it, I avoided the competition for spots at City. I wanted more of an opportunity to play – in my position – and to have more of an impact after being there [with the first team] for a few years, he said.

“It was a significant choice. I knew I was flying to London the next day when I left the training facility on Thursday. As I sat in the car and prepared to go, it all suddenly hit me. You’ve been here for 15 years, I was just thinking.

I am unaware of any other options. Never have I received a loan. I have never left Manchester. I’ve only ever travelled outside of Manchester for vacations or away games. Even though going to Chelsea feels strange, there is no time to waste. I need to act quickly.

The wide forward, who only joined the club on deadline day, has already played once for the Blues, losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest. He will be eager to make his professional debut against Bournemouth on September 17 at the Vitality Stadium.

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