USA international Christian Pulisic has
said that he is focusing on himself as he embarks on a fresh challenge with
Chelsea next season. The young attacker joined the Blues on a permanent basis
from Borussia Dortmund last winter and he was therefore loaned out to the
Bundesliga side for the remainder of the season.
During this period, there has been increasing speculation regarding the future of Eden Hazard, who has been the Blues’ star performer but Pulisic has indicated that he is not looking to replicate the Belgium international at the Bridge, he said: “Eden’s a fantastic player, we all know that. If I can get anywhere close to him, I’ll be more than happy. But I’m coming in to be my own player. I expect a lot from myself, for me that’s enough. Obviously there’s pressure from outside – that’s to be expected. I want to be successful, be part of this team and make an impact. They are my goals and to become the best player I can be.”
Hazard has just 13 months remaining on his
current contract with the Blues and reports indicate that he has a good chance
of joining Real Madrid this summer irrespective of the club’s ongoing transfer
ban. As such, Pulisic could be the player to take up the mantle from the
Belgian footballer and it remains to be seen whether he can make an instant
impression with the Blues.
Pulisic is currently in London to finalise the
necessary introductory formalities with the Blues and he is thereafter expected
to join the United States team for the Gold Cup. Chelsea, on the other hand,
can end the season on a high, should they overcome Arsenal to the Europa League
crown. The west London side have already sealed Champions League football for
next season after securing the third spot in the Premier League.
Chelsea have confirmed their first signing
of the winter transfer window with Christian Pulisic arriving from Borussia
Dortmund for a reported fee of £58m. The United States international has,
however, rejoined the Bundesliga club on a temporary basis for the season
before reporting for pre-season duty with the Blues next summer.
Pulisic’s future had been a regular
discussion topic over the past few months with Chelsea and Liverpool among
those linked with his signature. However, it is the former, who have managed to
prise him away from the Bundesliga leaders and Pulisic has revealed his
privilege after signing for the west London giants.
“In summer of 2019, I move on to
Chelsea and a new competition, the English Premier League. It’s a privilege to
have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard
towards being a contributor to their team of world class players. Looking
forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team,” the
20-year-old told the club’s official website.
Chelsea have been hampered with injuries to Pedro and Olivier Giroud over the past few games and based on that, the manager would have preferred having Pulisic on board for the second half of the campaign. However, Dortmund were seemingly reluctant to part ways with the attacker at the midway stage and the proposal of loaning him back has helped the Blues secure the transfer agreement nonetheless.
The Blues are currently just two points ahead of Arsenal for the final Champions League qualification spot but they could extend the gap further with the additional game on hand against Southampton on Wednesday night. The west London side have been largely dependent on Eden Hazard to produce the goods of late but the Belgian may need additional help from others, if the Blues are to eventually finish in the top four this season.