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Michael Olise’s Chelsea exit explained after fresh transfer links and Crystal Palace uncertainty

With Premier League clubs on transfer alert, Michael Olise’s future at Crystal Palace is unclear after the summer.

Michael Olise, a former academy player who may leave Crystal Palace this summer, has been linked to Chelsea.

Last year, when Chelsea was ready to pay his £35 million release clause and had verbally agreed to personal terms, the 22-year-old’s plan to move from Selhurst Park to Stamford Bridge fell through. After a full year, Olise has numerous teams vying for his signature, including Tottenham and Arsenal.

But if Chelsea hadn’t broken up with him when he was 14 years old, they wouldn’t be in this situation right now. Shortly after leaving Stamford Bridge, Olise received a recommendation from former Blues coach Sean Conlon to his previous employers.

“Michael was also training with Arsenal at the time because you can train with multiple teams before you move into the under-nine division,” he said in an interview with The Guardian. However, he most likely lived closer to Chelsea, and since they undoubtedly have a top-notch academy, he ultimately signed with them.

“I’ve always maintained that Michael has been the best player in the nation for his age since he was nine years old. He has always moved with a great deal of grace and elegance. But his technique really started to show when he joined Chelsea’s academy.

“His entire skill set on the ball began to show. And as he grew older, his football IQ increased, enabling him to respond to practically all questions posed to him.”

The midfield player signed with Chelsea in 2009 and departed in 2016, according to Conlon, who characterized their departure as “mutual consent.” He went to Manchester to train with Manchester City, but he was without a club for six months.

“Sometimes people don’t think about it being hard for players who are supremely talented because that can also come with its own difficulties,” Conlon said. “While Michael’s journey hasn’t been flawless, I believe that it has been advantageous for him. At such young age, leaving Chelsea, he developed his perseverance and drive for success.”

He has a deal with Palace that expires in June 2027, but his future is still up in the air. When journalist Alan Nixon was asked if Olise would rather move to Chelsea or United on X, the former Twitter platform, he responded, “Prefers Palace, just now.”

The midfield player signed with Chelsea in 2009 and departed in 2016, according to Conlon, who characterized their departure as “mutual consent.” He went to Manchester to train with Manchester City, but he was without a club for six months.

“Sometimes people don’t think about it being hard for players who are supremely talented because that can also come with its own difficulties,” Conlon said. “It’s not been a perfect journey for Michael but I think that has benefited him. Coming out of Chelsea at that age has given him that resilience and desire to succeed.”

He has a deal with Palace that expires in June 2027, but his future is still up in the air. When journalist Alan Nixon was asked if Olise would rather move to Chelsea or United on X, the former Twitter platform, he responded, “Prefers Palace, just now.”

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