Pochettino Refrains from Discussing Chelsea’s Interest in Palmer

Mauricio Pochettino opted not to delve into the subject of Cole Palmer

Mauricio Pochettino showered praise on his debutants during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup triumph over AFC Wimbledon but remained tight-lipped regarding rumors surrounding Cole Palmer’s potential move to Stamford Bridge.

The breakthrough came in the second half with Enzo Fernandez netting the decisive goal, securing a 2-1 victory after Noni Madueke had equalized for AFC Wimbledon from the penalty spot just before half-time.

Earlier in the game, James Tilley’s penalty had given Johnnie Jackson’s side an unexpected lead at Stamford Bridge after goalkeeper Robert Sanchez rushed from his goal and collided with Harry Pell.

In an unfamiliar Chelsea lineup, a youthful trio consisting of Mason Burstow, Ian Maatsen, and Diego Moreira made their first-time starts, but it was the introductions of Nicolas Jackson and Fernandez that eventually swung the tie in favor of the hosts.

Following the match, Pochettino was asked about the impending arrival of Cole Palmer, amid reports suggesting that Chelsea and Manchester City had reached an agreement on a £40 million transfer fee for the forward.

However, the Chelsea manager responded, “I am not privy to any information at the moment. I am unable to discuss players who are not part of our squad.

“What I can say is that, at this point, there is no information available. The club has not informed me. I prefer not to comment on a player who has not yet finalized his contract.

“Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Perhaps you are better informed about the situation than I am.”

Regarding the performance against AFC Wimbledon, he added, “It was a challenging match. That’s the essence of cup competitions.

“Considering the circumstances within our current squad, with many players making appearances today, I am content with the performance.

“Several players made their debut here, and it’s always challenging the first time. Many positive aspects.”

Pochettino also clarified that Marc Cucurella, who played the full 90 minutes at left-back, despite reports of negotiations with Manchester United, remains a part of his plans.

He stated, “I have no information regarding that. All the players who participate regularly in our training sessions are part of our plans.

“If there are any developments in the coming days, we will communicate them to you.”