Marc Guehi is relishing the prospect of playing for Crystal Palace new manager Patrick Vieira after finalising his move from Chelsea.
Guehi came through the youth system of Chelsea before spending two campaigns with Championship outfits Swansea City on loan. He joined the Eagles earlier last week for £20m becoming the club’s third most expensive addition. He has played for England at the youth level and was a regular in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World that won the tournament.
On 12 May 2019, Guéhi has selected in the Premier League team for the first time as a substitute in a 0–0 draw at Leicester City. He made his professional debut for Chelsea in the EFL Cup in a 7–1 win against Grimsby Town.
Crystal Palace have confirmed the transfer of a 21-year-old defender on Sunday in a deal worth around £20m becoming the third signing of a new manager, Patrik Vieria, following the arrival of goalkeeper Remi Matthews and Michael Olise from Reading.
And the defender admits the opportunity to play under Patrick Vieira who had a huge role in his decision to make a return to south London where he grew up.
‘I don’t think there’s too much to say to be honest. He speaks for himself with the player he was, the way he conducts himself. Even recently as a manager he has a really good record.
‘When he was at Nice he did some really good work there. I am just really excited to work with him.
‘[I was] born in the Ivory Coast, born in Abidjan, came here at the age of one and lived in England all my life.
‘I grew up mainly in Lewisham, so I know the area. I obviously moved closer to where I was at Chelsea but I’m a London boy and know exactly what it’s about to be a London boy.
‘When you’re from south London, it’s really exciting. You know what the feel’s about, what the fans are about and you have that real connection.
‘[Selhurst Park] is one of the stadiums in the Premier League that has the best fans, always rocking there. A fantastic atmosphere, so I’m hopefully going to experience that one day.’
The defensive end is probably the area that Blues are unlikely to strengthen this summer with Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger are more than enough to compete for all possible trophies in the 2021/22 season.