Whatever the outcome may be for Chelsea’s appeal of FIFA’s imposed transfer ban, the Blues will be able to count on at least one new kid on the block. Christian Pulisic signed with Chelsea in January, but finished out the rest of the season with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. While there is still one more game to go, Pulisic bid official farewell to BVB and their fans over the weekend, in his last home game at Signal Iduna Park. He celebrated with a goal, too!
While the 20-year-old had a few words to say after the move was announced in January, he recently sat down with Chelsea TV’s Lee Parker for the traditional first interview that all new signings must go through. The full interview is available on the official “Fifth Stand” App as well as the official Chelsea website, so be sure to check it out. . initially announced his signing, Pulisic sat down with Chelsea’s social media platform “the Fifth Stand” once again to chat about his new employer, future teammates and aims at the club ahead of his official unveiling in a blue shirt.
“It feels amazing and I’m super excited to get started with Chelsea. Obviously I have a season to finish off with Dortmund but I’m definitely looking forward to be here [with Chelsea].
“It’s going to be an amazing experience, one I can’t wait for, and to be here in England, speaking English again and meeting all the guys is something I’m thrilled for. I’ve been waiting a long time for this and playing in the Premier League has been one of my biggest dreams. To be a Chelsea player is a huge honour and something I’m really excited for.
“There are so many great players here already and I can’t wait to work with them all. I’m excited to play alongside N’Golo Kante, I think he’s a fantastic player and I can’t wait to meet him. Also there’s the guys in the backline, players like David Luiz and [Toni] Rudiger, I’m looking forward to working with them and I think it’s going to be really cool.”
(Ed.note: a rather eclectic collection of players named there, especially for an attacking player, which does make us wonder if perhaps Eden Hazard’s name got cut out from the interview.)
Either way, Pulisic seems genuinely excited to get to play in the Chelsea shirt, and that’s certainly great to see.
Pulisic has been a regular at BVB for most of past 3+ seasons, and has recored 19 goals and 25 assists in 126 appearances since making his debut at age 17. Moving to Germany from the USA at such a young age was a massive challenge, but one that he has handled with considerable aplomb, learning and growing along the way. The transition to England will be easier in some respects, but harder in many others, with even greater expectations placed on the young man’s shoulders.
“I think coming here will be a smooth transition for me, already knowing the language and things like that. It was more difficult when I first went over to Germany, but I learnt so much as a player and as a person and I feel ready for the next big challenges to come now.
“I like to think I’m a really good team player, a guy who gives everything and I look to bring my attacking style to the side. I’ll do whatever I can to help the team win games.”
-Christian Pulisic; source: Chelsea FC
Pulisic might still need to develop certain aspects of his game, but his charisma and overall attitude make him highly likable.
But before he turns fully Chelsea, he has one more bit of business to take care of in Germany.
On Saturday, Pulisic’s second-place Borussia Dortmund take on fourth-place Borussia Mönchengladbach, away, while first-place Bayern Munich host sixth-place Eintracht Frankfurt, on the Bundesliga’s final matchday. There’s still a chance for the title: BVB are just two points behind and could yet emerge victorious in the final battle.
Good luck, Christian!
My wife and I had a crazy emotional day.Moving overseas at 15 with a dream, his pro debut at 17, speaking fluent German to 83,000 fans as he thanks them, and leaving the field in the 90th minute to a standing ovation 5 yrs later.Sacrifice, self belief, and respect. YOU ARE LOVED pic.twitter.com/NlXWB8p1b7— Mark Pulisic (@MarkPulisic) May 12, 2019