Pep Guardiola unsure whether Cole Palmer will stay at Man City

Pep Guardiola says in-form Man City winger Cole Palmer could be SOLD this month despite his fine finish against Sevilla… with boss insisting the England U21 man will not be loaned out

  • Cole Palmer scored the equaliser for Man City in their UEFA Super Cup victory 
  • There has been speculation over whether the 21-year-old will leave the club 
  • Pep Guardiola admitted that he is uncertain whether Palmer will stay 

Pep Guardiola has admitted that he is uncertain over the future of Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a successful start to the season scoring in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, before netting the equaliser against Sevilla, as Man City lifted the UEFA Super Cup after a penalty shootout.

Palmer netted after 63 minutes with a clever header, appearing to give Man City boss Guardiola another reason to give him a regular chance in the first-team fold this season.

Despite this, he has been the subject of speculation this summer, with Brighton and West Ham among those said to be keeping tabs on him. 

After the Super Cup final, Pep Guardiola admitted that he didn’t know where Palmer’s future lies.

Pep Guardiola admitted that he doesn’t know whether Cole Palmer will stay at the club 

The youngster scored the equaliser with a smart header in their UEFA Super Cup victory

Palmer, who also scored in the Community Shield, is keen to get regular football this season

He told reporters after the game: ‘The opinion I had when he arrived is he wanted to leave, but now I don’t know what’s going to happen.

‘I don’t think a loan is going to happen. He’s going to stay or going to sell, but I think a loan is not going to happen.’

The Spaniard added: ‘I understand he wants to be more active than the previous season.

 ‘But Riyad [Mahrez] has gone so we have one more place there. I cannot say anything because, of course, all the decisions need to be made by the club. The club has to decide what the best is. All together, we will do it.’

Despite uncertainty over his future, he praised the youngster for his performance in the victory over Sevilla.

Guardiola said: ‘He has a character. It’s not easy to play against defenders like (Marcos) Acuna, for example, who is a top defender.

Guardiola has ruled out a loan move but insisted he will ‘either stay or be sold’ 

‘It’s not easy, it’s a final. He’s a young player playing in these stages. It’s not easy for these guys. He played really, really good and made a fantastic goal, too.’

 Kyle Walker’s future has also been up in the air as the right-back had seemed to be edging towards a move to Bayern Munich. However, the latest reports suggest the right-back has had a change of heart and will stay with the Blues.

 When asked about Walker, though, Guardiola remained tight-lipped saying there was ‘no update’ just yet.

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