Guehi: Leaving Chelsea for Palace was the right decision

Marc Guehi believes he made the right decision in leaving youth club Chelsea for Crystal Palace last summer.

Guehi, 21, signed a five-year deal with Patrick Vieiras Palace last summer after coming through the ranks at Chelsea academy.

He has been on loan at Swansea City for the past year and a half, having made two appearances for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup in 2019.

Guehi’s decision to move to south London seems to have borne fruit, with the centre-back being rewarded with his first call-up in England and his recent international break debut.

“I thought the decision to leave Chelsea and come to Palace was the right one to get this season and hopefully show what I can do,” Guehi said ahead of Palace’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday.

“Coming here didn’t mean it was a given that I would play – I still had to prove myself, work hard, train hard, but it was definitely the club that I thought would give me the platform to do it would.

“Patrick definitely made me think about the game in a very different way, both very tactically and on the ball, mostly because I’ve improved a lot in my decision making.

“It’s really hard at this level, a step up from the championship, so every decision you make is vital and can lead to an important or crucial part of the game. He definitely helped in that regard.”

Guehi has started all but one of Palace’s 31 Premier League games this season and, despite his relatively young age and short tenure at the club, has helped the side keep nine clean sheets and occasionally captained them .

(Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images) Guehi: Leaving Chelsea for Palace was the right decision

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