Chelsea completed a £42.5m deal to sign Cole Palmer from Manchester City on the last day of the summer transfer window.
Palmer made only 19 appearances in the Premier League during his time at City, so he joined Chelsea with the goal of playing regularly this season. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino was adamant Palmer received no guarantees at Stamford Bridge.
Specifically, the Argentine military leader said, quoting from Metro:
“If someone makes sure a player plays regularly then that doesn’t happen at Chelsea. The player who comes here has to perform and let us manage. And if that player deserves to play then they will. I accept that. I guarantee the same thing happens at Man City.”
“For me, even if the club spends huge amounts of money to buy players, that doesn’t guarantee they can play. That’s the wrong thinking. People need to learn about that. When we sign contract with a player, we let them be part of the team, join the team.”
“We never sign players that we promise to play. That never happened, even when we signed Messi at PSG. I never promise someone to play 20 or 30 games. That’s disrespectful to the other players and the environment you create. You need to prove you’re better than your teammates.”
Lu Feng | 11:01 September 2, 2023