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“If he decides” – Pep Guardiola refers to Chelsea’s Cole Palmer in warning over Oscar Bobb’s Man City future

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has pointed towards Cole Palmer when discussing the longer-term future of breakthrough starlet Oscar Bobb.

The Norway international burst onto the Premier League scene over the course of the weekend, scoring the winning goal as Manchester City moved above Aston Villa into second position through a comeback victory over Newcastle United.

Inspired by the brilliance of Kevin De Bruyne in the second-half in the north-east, Oscar Bobb received a lofted ball over the top of the Newcastle defensive unit, rounding Martin Dubravka with close touches, before slotting home into an empty net.

It is the latest chapter in a rapidly developing first-team career for the 20-year-old forward, who has also received his senior squad debut for his country this season and scored in the UEFA Champions League for Manchester City.

Speaking to the media after Manchester City’s 2-3 victory at St James’ Park, Guardiola admitted that Oscar Bobb could be a player for the Etihad side for many years to come, should he remain content with the rate of progression and minutes on offer at the club.

“We have another player for many years for us, if he decides to stay because maybe he decides… Now he’s happy for that minutes,” Guardiola explained.

The City boss continued by making reference towards former Manchester City forward Cole Palmer, who opted for an exit from the club last summer in search of more consistent game time at first-team level.

“Cole Palmer was happy with that minutes, but after one to three years it’s, ‘I want more!’ And it’s natural, it’s completely understandable, and maybe I don’t give them that minutes, and they decide to go there!

“If he (Oscar Bobb) decides to stay, we have a player for many, many years!”

Bobb is likely to be afforded plenty more opportunities this season with Manchester City continuing to compete on all fronts with the exception of the Carabao Cup, and Guardiola requiring contribution from all angles amid continuing injury struggles.

Erling Haaland is hoping to return to action by the end of the month having suffered from a bone stress injury in his foot, while John Stones is looking to return to first-team training after the club’s warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi next week.

The England international sustained an ankle knock during the victory against Everton at Goodison Park, in what became the latest setback in a challenging personal season for the versatile central defender.

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