Pundit Stuart Pearce has said that Cole Palmer needs to prove himself on the pitch rather than speak about his future in the media.

After Wednesday’s Super Cup match against Sevilla, Palmer said that his future is still up in the air and that he wants to play regular football, whether it be at City or elsewhere.

This has since led to one pundit and former City manager having his say on the winger’s situation at the Manchester club.

Pearce drops Palmer verdict

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Speaking on talkSPORT, Pearce had this to say about Palmer when asked if Pep Guardiola may have had a word behind the scenes with Palmer about not speaking to the media about his future.

He said: “I think that’ll be speculation. If I was a kid of his age I’d just keep my head down and probably look at how he dealt with [Phil] Foden.

“It was probably the right thing what he did with Foden as well just keeping him in house and whatever.

“Cole Palmer might get his opportunities, there’s a lot of games in the season so when you open your mouth, you’ve got to make sure you back that up. I don’t think he’d say that, I’d be surprised if he did.” 

Guardiola also made comments about Palmer’s future, by ruling out the possibility of him leaving on loan but saying that he could either stay at the Etihad Stadium or be sold on a permanent basis.

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After only managing to score one goal in 25 appearances across all competitions last season, the 21-year-old has already overtaken this record by finding the net two times across City’s three games they’ve played in this campaign so far.

As things stand, it seems that the Englishman could be set to get his fair share of game time this season with Riyad Mahrez having left the club and Kevin De Bruyne now facing four months out of action with a hamstring injury.

However, with the treble winners reportedly working on a deal to sign Rennes winger Jeremy Doku, this potential arrival could well impact Palmer’s playing time and possibly push him out of the club altogether.

Moving forward, regardless of what Pearce has said, it seems that the situation surrounding the youngster’s future may not be resolved straight away.

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