Despite seeing a couple of his fellow academy products establish themselves in manager Thomas Tuchel’s senior team plans, Marc Guehi says he has no regrets about leaving Chelsea in the summer.
Following a £18 million switch from Stamford Bridge to Selhurst Park last year in search of regular minutes, the 21-year-old defender has established himself as one of head coach Patrick Vieira’s defensive pillars.
Because of his outstanding form, the Englishman was drafted into Gareth Southgate’s squad last month, made his Wembley debut against Switzerland, and is now expec’Coming here didn’t guarantee I’d play; I still had to prove myself, work hard, and train hard, but it was the club I thought would provide me with the platform.’ted to be a part of the Three Lions’ FIFA World Cup plans.
Given the fact that Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are expected to leave in the summer, Marc would have had a path into the Blues’ senior team if he had been willing to wait.
The Eagles’ centre-back, on the other hand, is adamant that he made the right decision to join them and that he knew he wouldn’t be willing to wait from the moment he first saw the Premier League as an unused substitute in 2019.
‘It was [the moment] when I played my first Premier League game.’ Playing in the Premier League is a dream for any young player,’ the player stated.
‘It’s clear now that playing in the Premier League was the right choice. I owe a debt of gratitude to those who assisted me in reaching this point. For any young player, game time is crucial.
‘For any young player, getting game time after playing in the Championship on a regular basis is extremely important.
‘That was the only thing that mattered to me.’ The decision to leave Chelsea and join Palace was the right one, as it allowed me to get game time and demonstrate my abilities.
‘Coming here didn’t guarantee I’d play; I still had to prove myself, work hard, and train hard, but it was the club I thought would provide me with the platform.’