It has been revealed that Chelsea stood no chance of bringing new signing Christian Pulisic to Stamford Bridge in January due to an agreement which was in place between the player and the Bundesliga outfit.
It can be recalled that Chelsea signed the United States international earlier this month but immediately loaned him back to Dortmund for the rest of the 2018/19 football season.
Pulisic has been tipped as an ideal replacement for any of Chelsea’s right-wingers and has previously carved a niche for himself as one of the brightest young talents in European football.
However, he has lost his place this season to Dortmund’s emerging youngster Jadon Sancho due to various reasons. The details of the move were revealed by Dortmund sporting director Michale Zorc in a chat with ESPN.
“We took a collective decision with Christian’s family and his agent that we would transfer him in the summer of 2019 if he didn’t want to extend his contract with us,” he said.
“That decision was taken, and it then came to pass over the last few months.”
He added that negotiations for Pulisic between the two clubs had been ongoing for a while before the deal was finally struck.
“It wasn’t a case of talks with Chelsea starting at Christmas and being concluded on New Year’s Eve”
“This had been going on for weeks if not to say months.”
Meanwhile, Pulisic has expressed excitement at playing for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri. He also revealed this in a chat with ESPN where he said:
“I’ve seen their style of play”
“I’ve always appreciated how they’ve played football, and it’s really nice how they play now, with their new coach. It fits me very well.”