The newest recruit plans to make an impact at Stamford Bridge
Christian Pulisic aims to hit the ground running at Chelsea and does not want to emulate anyone as he’s only focused on becoming and showing the best version of himself in west London over the next few years.
Pulisic signed for Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in January for £58 million (€66m), then re-joined the Bundesliga side on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
The American International has now completed his campaign with Germany and has been in England to meet his future teammates and visit Stamford Bridge before heading back to the USA for this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“I want to try to prove to people that Americans can do it. I just want to make a name and represent my country, definitely. So that we gain even more respect.”
With it appearing more likely now that Chelsea will not suspend their transfer ban, Pulisic could be very well be the only new player to arrive at the Blues in the summer.
The 20-year-old may have some huge shoes to fill next season, with Eden Hazard widely expected to leave Chelsea in the summer to join Read Madrid.
Pulisic though, is not focused to replicating what the Belgian star has done, instead preferring to focus on himself, whilst reaching the same sort of level as the Chelsea favourite.
“It is incredible to see what Eden can do. He is a guy to look up to and what I would love to become. He’s a fantastic player, we all know that. If I can get anywhere close to him, I’ll be more than happy.
It is definitely a goal. Any player would be dumb not to want to be in the same team as him. But I’m coming in to be my own player. I expect a lot from myself, for me that’s enough.”
His return to the country brings back fond memories of his time playing for non-league Brackley Town at the age of seven, when his family moved to England for a period of time in 2005.
Pulisic sampled his first taste of the Premier League back then too, with Stamford Bridge one of the grounds he visited with his dad Mark, a former professional himself.
“I remember watching Drogba, Lampard and a few of those guys that stick out. I want to say Drogba scored a penalty or something. That’s the only thing that stayed in my brain.
The fans were screaming and yelling. The atmosphere was fantastic. I had never seen anything like it.”
Christian hopes for the atmosphere to be just as fantastic when he makes his home debut at the start of next season as he helps to recapture those glory days.
And with being most expensive American player of all time, in addition to the youngest player to captain his country, the now former Dortmund player – who scored 19 goals and made 26 assists in 127 appearances for the Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) – is confident Chelsea will be competitive next season.
We are a confident group of guys. Liverpool and City are two great teams who had great seasons but I have seen Chelsea compete against big teams and do well against them this season.
There is champion mentality at this club and we want to go in with a winning mentality and compete with them right away.”