Why Man City boss Pep Guardiola was forced to sell Cole Palmer to Chelsea

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The Pride of London report on why Manchester City were forced to sell Cole Palmer to Chelsea. That's because the Citizens head coach Pep Guardiola has finally revealed the real reason. The actual truth may not be what some readers were expecting, but bodes well for the Blues. In addition to covering that topic, PoL also take a look at the fact that Palmer's goalscoring heroics are clearly not motivated by financial greed, which some footballers may be accused of.

I don't care what he says now, or may say in the future - Pep Guardiola must regret selling Cole Palmer! He is undeniably the Premier League's Young Player of the Season, and should be in with a shout for the main Player of the Season award. The ex-Manchester City attacker has been that good and that consistent for the Blues. So why on earth did the Spaniard allow this absolute gem to slip through his hands?

"In pre-season I said stay because Riyad [Mahrez] has gone and he [Palmer] said 'no, I want to leave'. After two seasons, what could I say? He was asking for two seasons to leave. I said 'no, stay'. What could we do?"

Chelsea star Cole Palmer is about goals and assists, not pounds and pennies

One might have assumed that Palmer was partially adamantly defiant over his penalty taking duties because of a goal bonus or something like that. When in reality, that is seemingly just not the case. It appears that sporting prowess, team benefit and personal records are what is important to the former Citizens starlet.

We all know that English Premier League footballers are among the highest paid people on earth. Certainly these elite athletes will be in one of if not the greatest percentage of salaries world-wide. And Palmer is no different: he reportedly earns a staggering £80,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge. An eye-watering amount for anybody to attain and manage, let alone a 21-year-old.

Palmer will no doubt command or even demand an improved CFC contract at some point very soon. A whirlwind and eye-catching top-flight campaign will do that for you. Gareth Southgate should definitely choose the forward in his England squad for the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship in Germany, or, simply, the Euros. The Wythenshawe-born man has earned it.

Palmer has arguably earned that increased deal we spoke about, too. Not to mention he and his representatives surely considering a request for specific goal bonuses in his next Chels' agreement. You see, it was reported that Palmer does not have those type of stipulations included at present. So that means he's been banging in the goals with no ulterior motive than to become great. Pretty admirable, along with being another notable aspect of his psyche.