Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Cole Palmer fits the project perfectly at CHELSEA, but it was not his decision to get a deal done.
The England Under-21 star scored memorable goals in the Community Shield against Arsenal and UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, but has decided to leave the Etihad and continue his career at Stamford Bridge.
Pochettino said he expected Palmer to be the clubs final signing, but he acknowledged things could change in the coming hours. For now, he is happy with the squad at his disposal, and he explained what he hopes to see Palmer bring to the club..
‘I think he fits the project,’ said Pochettino.
‘He is a young, talented player. Of course, he decided to come because he expects to play maybe more and be more important here [than at Man City], but that is not the most important thing. He wanted to come because he has seen the Chelsea project is for him.
‘He wants to improve his game and he needs to show he is better than his team-mates and deserves to play and find his place.
‘We need to be careful with young guys, like experienced players they need time to settle,’ added Pochettino when asked if Palmer could feature tomorrow.
‘He needs to settle because Manchester is different to London, the club and culture is different. Before starting to perform, he needs to settle, be in his space and be comfortable. We will not put pressure on him.’
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Barcola move –
Paris Saint-Germain have completed the €40m (£34.2m) signing of Lyon forward Bradley Barcola, who CHELSEA were keen on signing this transfer window.
Barcola will replace Brazilian superstar Neymar following his move to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia earlier this month. He scored seven goals and laid on a further 10 assists for Lyon in all competitions last season.
The club were heavily tipped to sign the exciting forward this summer after making contact with the French side over a possible deal for the striker – but then PSG made their moves to sign the lad and the player only wanted to move to PSG.
The 20-year-old French forward fits in with the new PSG strategy of buying young, hungry players.
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COLE PALMER HAS SIGNED FROM MAN CITY –
Cole Palmer has opened up and admitted that he is excited after officially completing his move to Chelsea on deadline day.
The 21-year-old has signed a seven-year contract with the option of a further 12 months. and The deal sees the club pay an initial £40m for the attacking midfielder, with £2.5m due in add-ons.
‘I’m excited to get started and it feels great to sign,’ said Palmer. ‘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.’
Co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said: ‘Cole arrives with experience of winning the Premier League and Champions League and adds further quality and versatility to our attacking unit.
‘He has showcased his talent and potential in the most challenging environments and delivered on the international stage for England this summer at the European Under-21 Championships. He is undoubtedly ready for this next step and we are delighted it will be with Chelsea.’
LUKAKU READY TO GO –
CHELSEA star Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he cannot wait to get started after completing his move to Roma.
The big and powerful Belgian star made it quite clear at the beginning of the transfer window that he has no intention of staying at Stamford Bridge this season and wanted a move away.
There has been quite a few clubs linked, there has been alot of rumours, there has been a crazy amount of speculation, but he hass had to wait until the final few hours of the window to get the move he desires, and has joined Roma on loan.
And Lukaku is ready and raring to go at Roma.
Speaking to after his loan move from CHELSEA , he said: “The welcome I’ve received from this club and its fans has excited me and given me even more motivation to give my all for my new team.
“As an opponent, I felt the atmosphere of the Stadio Olimpico, and felt the warmth of the Romanisti.
“It’s nice to know I’m a part of it today. I recently got the opportunity to speak with the owners, and I was impressed by their ambition.
“Now we must work, be humble, and grow game by game. For my part, I can’t wait to be available to my teammates both on and off the pitch.”
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