German football club Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday confirmed that America’s Christian Pulisic will join Premier League giants Chelsea for a record €64m (£58m). However, the USA forward would be loaned back to the Bundesliga leaders until the end of the season.
Christian Pulisic has so far made 80 appearances for Dortmund and scored 10 goals for German powerhouse. Earlier, in November, the 20-year-old has admitted that he hoped to play in the Premier League after refusing to sign an extension to his existing contract.
“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League,” BVB sporting director Michael Zorc was quoted as saying on Wednesday. “That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result, we were unable to extend his contract. Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.”
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“It’s been an honor and a dream to pull on the black-and-yellow in front of the Südtribüne.”
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PULISIC TO JOIN CHELSEA
Chelsea have agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign 20-year-old Christian Pulisic for £57.6m.
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Michael Zorc added, “Christian Pulisic is a character perfect player. I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his teammates at Borussia Dortmund.”
Speaking about joining The Blues, Pulisic told Chelsea’s official website that it was “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.”
“[I am] looking forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team. But for the next six months, it’s all BVB! Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110% commitment to the team, right until the last ball is kicked this season. We all feel that this is ‘our year’ and we are determined to achieve the best possible results in all competitions,” Pulisic added.
Christian Pulisic has now also become the most expensive American player in history. Speaking about the 20-year-old, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said, “Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come,” before adding, “We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”