Christian Pulisic: “I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world class players.” (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Christian Pulisic will play for Chelsea FC, come this summer.
The English Premier League club and Borussia Dortmund agreed to terms over the transfer of the U.S. international midfielder, the teams announced Wednesday morning. The transfer fee is for a reported $73 million, the highest amount ever for an American player.
Pulisic, however, will continue to play for the Bundesliga side through the rest of the season.
“In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League,” Pulisic said in a lengthy tribute to his German club on social media. “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.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia welcomed the 20-year-old with open arms.
“We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players,” 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. 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.”
Pulisic will return to England after spending time as a young boy with Brackley Town.
“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. “That certainly has to do with his American background and as a result we were unable to extend his contract. Because of this, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract security.”
Pulisic has made 23 appearances for the U.S.
In his social media statement, Pulisic stated:
“It feels like only yesterday that I arrived in Dortmund as a raw, excited, very nervous but exceptionally proud 16-year-old from a small American town called Hershey. I had no idea what lay ahead but I soon discover that as a young Schwarzgelben, I would be in the best possible hands.
“I would not be where I am today without the club and their belief in giving players a chance. It’s been an honor and a dream to pull on the black and yellow in front of the Sudtribune!
“Many, many memorable moments stand out – to have experienced all of them before my 20th birthday still feels, at times, like a dream/ I would like to thank all those coaches who I have played under and who gave me these opportunities.
“And to my amazing teammates throughout the years: you took me in as a young boy, shared your experience with me, helped me to develop and grow into a professional footballer. For this I sincerely thank you.
“To our unbelievable fans: it’s been a privilege to stand with you on the Sudtribune and to experience how you supporter your heroes. I feel honored to have (been) able to make the trip from being supporter, to being supporter. You have taken me in as one of your own. Thank you.”