The Wait is Over: Christian Pulisic Has Arrived
Christian Pulisic has had six months to contemplate life in the Premier League having chosen to enjoy his curtain call at Borussia Dortmund for the second half of last season. But, now the wait is over.
In actual fact, six months has been a relatively short wait. This is something Christian Pulisic has been preparing for his whole life. It was in England where the young American first found a real obsessive love for the game, joining the youth ranks of Brackley Town, a tiny non-league club situated in Northamptonshire. So, when Pulisic put pen to paper in January on a £57.6 million move to Chelsea it delivered on his destiny.
“It’s been a huge dream of mine to play here in England,” Christian tells us as he looks down at himself wearing the new Chelsea jersey for the very first time.
“Just being here is incredible. Chelsea as a club has so much history. So, getting the opportunity to come here, I just couldn’t pass up on it. It’s just so appealing to me; obviously it’s in London, it’s really at the heart of it all, so it feels really special to me.”
Pulisic’ arrival comes at an important – and potentially pivotal – time for the West London club. In the same month that a hero has arrived in the from of Frank Lampard, another has departed with Eden Hazard finally sealing his transfer to Real Madrid. A much-talked about transfer ban also looks set to ensure that Pulisic will be the only new name to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer – following Mateo Kovacic’ decision to make last year’s loan move to The Blues a permanent one. All of this means that the stage is truly set for the 20-year-old American to become the new leader of The Pride.
“When I think of this club, there’s a lot of great players that come to mind; I grew up watching Frank Lampard and all of them guys at the top of their game in the Premier League and in the Champions League,” he tells us. “To me, Chelsea were always one of the biggest teams and now to be playing here it’s really come full circle from that moment. It feels amazing.”
The young American, who can play in any of the attacking positions across the midfield, is planning to make an instant impact following an impressive stint captaining the US National team in the Gold Cup this off-season. Although, he does acknowledge that it may take some time to adjust to the pace and power of the Premier League, he is ready for it. Chelsea’s sole signing has a sole focus.
“I just want to get started,” he empowers. “It’s going to be a huge change but I have people around me that are going to be there for me and to support me, so I’m just super excited for a new challenge and a new chapter in my life. I know it’s going to but tough but I also know it’s going to be a lot fun.
“I think I have a lot of speed and creativity that I can bring to the game; quickness and different attacking abilities that can really help the team. I think I have some tools that can really do well in this league. I just can’t wait.”
Read the full and exclusive interview with Christian Pulisic in Issue 02 of GAFFER. Coming soon.
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