Cole Palmer has said he is ‘loving life’ at Chelsea and has praised Mauricio Pochettino for letting him ‘express himself’ on the pitch.

The England international has shone at Stamford Bridge since swapping Manchester for London in the summer, netting 12 goals and adding 10 assists across all competitions for the Blues so far this season.

He’s established himself as a key player in Pochettino’s side and Palmer was quick to credit the work of our head coach, as well as expressing his delight with the decision to join Chelsea.

‘I’ve definitely improved as a player coming here,’ the summer signing from Manchester City said of his time at Chelsea.

‘I just felt [in the summer] like I was ready to play football week in, week out and that’s what I’m doing here at Chelsea.

‘The manager has definitely helped me, he’s a top manager and a top person. He speaks to you about anything, like family issues. I think if he knows what's going on off the pitch, it can affect how he is with you on the pitch. He's really great at that.

‘He's given me the freedom to play my stuff and I like it when he frees you because I feel I can express myself on the pitch more.

‘I'm loving it. Every day he's talking to you about different things, not just football things but just life generally as well. He's great at making you feel good and he’s always trying to get the best out of you.’