Cole Palmer has admitted he has no idea whether he’ll stay at Manchester City this summer.
Palmer has been in impressive form in the opening 10 days of the season, scoring in both the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and the UEFA Super Cup final victory against Sevilla.
The 21-year-old academy graduate has been working to make the right-wing spot in Pep Guardiola’s side his own following the departure of Riyad Mahrez.
However, with City looking to sign Belgian winger Jeremy Doku from Stade Rennais, Palmer’s future with the treble winners looks uncertain.
Palmer doesn’t know
“I have no idea,” Palmer admitted after Wednesday’s Super Cup win when asked whether he would stay at City this season.
“I just want to play football. So whatever the best decision is when we speak together, that is what I will do.
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“Obviously it’s been a couple of good games for me but I don’t know. I will have to see what the future holds.
“This summer I was playing a lot and when we came back [for pre-season] I was given the opportunity twice.”
As relayed by The Telegraph, the England U21s star also gave some insight into the importance of playing regularly.
“I have always been confident but it’s more rhythm, match sharpness and stuff like that. It really helps when you are playing consistently.”
Palmer broke into the City first team as a 19-year-old in 2021 and made a near-instant impact.
The Wythenshawe-born attacker scored goals in the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League in 2021/22, and looked set to follow Phil Foden’s example of stepping up from the academy to become a first team regular.
However, Palmer endured a frustrating 2022/23 campaign as City won a historic treble.
A succession of injuries – coupled with the superb form of established first-team regulars – limited him to just six starts in all competitions.
After the Sevilla match, Guardiola suggested that Palmer could be sold before the window closes.
“I don’t think a loan is going to happen. Going to stay, going to sell, but loan will not happen.”
West Ham and Brighton have both shown interest in signing Palmer this summer.