Ex Chelsea defender Marc Guehi has opened up on his move to Crystal Palace.
Guehi disclosed that playing for a south London club was really attractive.
He told Palace TV: “[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 21-year-old defender says he knew Eze, Olise, Nya Kirby and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi before making the switch to SE25 from his time with former club Chelsea and England. And it was with the the Young Lions that Guéhi enjoyed one of his career highlights: winning the Under-17 World Cup.
“That was a fantastic experience,” he says looking back while at St George’s Park. “Just to be a part of something like that so young in the England setup, playing with some of the best young talents with the likes of Phil Foden, who plays for [Manchester] City, and Jadon Sancho. It was fantastic for me personally.”
He added: “[Patrick Vieira] speaks for himself. The player he was, the way he conducts himself and even recently as a manager, he has a really good record. When he was at Nice he did some really good work there and I’m really excited to work with him.”