Pep Guardiola has admitted that Cole Palmer could be either stay at Manchester City or be sold on a permanent basis.

After his side’s victory against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, the Catalan boss ruled out the possibility of a potential loan.

As relayed by journalist Simon Bajkowski, Pep Guardiola said that Cole Palmer could well leave Manchester City for good this summer.

Pep Guardiola admits Manchester City wonderkid Cole Palmer could be sold

Branded as an ‘exceptional talent’ by Joleon Lescott, the Englishman equalised for his boyhood club with a terrific header in Athens.

Overall, the 21-year-old was City’s best performer on the night, beating defenders for fun and creating chances for his teammates as he put in a cracking display.

After the game, Pep Guardiola was quizzed about what the future entails for Cole Palmer at Manchester City.

“I don’t think a loan is going to happen. He’s going to stay or he’s going to be sold”, he candidly admitted.

Manchester City FC v Sevilla FC - UEFA Super Cup 2023
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With the silky winger linked with a move to West Ham United, it will be interesting to see what the fate holds for him.

Keep Cole Palmer at all costs

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City would be well-advised to keep Cole Palmer instead of letting him go.

As the youngster showcased in the Super Cup against Sevilla and in the FA Community Shield against Arsenal, he is the natural heir to Riyad Mahrez.

While it would be wise to split Palmer’s minutes this season, there is not a single player in the Premier League who profiles more similarly to the Algerian legend.

Cole Palmer fits Pep Guardiola’s system to a tee as he can both retain the ball and play it safe whilst also be extremely direct, take on his man and deliver goals and assists.

Under Guardiola’s keen eye, Palmer could become a bona fide superstar in no time.

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