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Chelsea star Cole Palmer is reportedly set to be rewarded for a fine first season at Stamford Bridge with a bumper pay rise that will see him double his salary. The playmaker has been one of the highlights of an underwhelming Blues campaign.

Palmer arrived from Premier League rivals Manchester City late in the summer transfer window and settled remarkably quickly. Despite having played only 489 minutes of top-flight football before this season, the 21-year-old has struck 13 goals across all competitions and been one of the best players in Mauricio Pochettino’s young side.

That form has not gone unnoticed by the Chelsea hierarchy, who are reportedly set to offer Palmer a lucrative new contract. According to the Daily Star, the attacking midfielder will see his £75,000 per-week wages rise to a deal worth £150,000 per-week.

Palmer’s form has made his £42m switch from City seem like a bargain – despite the size of the fee being questioned at the time. He has been rewarded with a place in the England squad for the first time.

Positive performances for the Three Lions in friendlies against Brazil and Belgium could see Palmer selected for this summer’s Euro 2024. A seat on the plane to Germany would cap a sensational rise.

“If you had told me at the start of the season I had a chance to go to the Euros I wouldn’t have believed it,” Palmer said after shining in Chelsea’s victory over Newcastle last Monday. “I will take each game as it comes and see what happens in the summer.”

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that Palmer’s finishing ability and versatility has won him a place in the squad for March’s fixtures. Palmer shone at last summer’s U21 European Championship and has been capped at every level from U15s.

“You can see and have always been able to see the quality he has,” Southgate said of the Chelsea man on Thursday. “The time we spent with the U21s last summer just watching the training sessions you could see what an outstanding technical finisher he was.

“Some players get chances and you expect them to score because their technique and feel for finishing is so strong – he has that. He’s shown great composure in some real pressure moments for his club.

“He’s adaptable. He can play two or three different positions, maybe more. He’s had an outstanding season and yet again is in on merit.”

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