3rd of January 2019 Author: Johnny Karp
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of American winger Christian Pulisic from Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, the London club paid 57.6 million pounds for the player. Pulisic, aged 20, won't join the Blues right away, he was loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the season as they battle for the title in the German top flight. Pulisic is now the second most expensive outfield player in Chelsea's history, after Alvaro Morata. The young American scored 3 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund this season and they are leading the Bundesliga table at the halfway point of the campaign.
"In summer of 2019, I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League," Pulisic confirmed. "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. I'm looking forward to working with Maurizio Sarri and his technical team. But for six months, it's all BVB! Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110 per cent commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season." His contract with Borussia Dortmund was going to expire in 2020 and the winger was unwilling to extend it.
"It was always Christian's big dream to play in the Premier League," Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. "It certainly has to do with his American background and as a consequence, we were unable to extend his contract. Given that his contract runs out soon, we have now decided to accept the extremely lucrative offer from Chelsea. Christian Pulisic is a characteristically flawless player. I am certain that he will do his all in the coming months to bring his quality into the team in order to reach Borussia Dortmund's goals with his team-mates." This season Pulisic didn't play as much as he did in the last few years as he was eclipsed by young English international Jadon Sancho. Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "We are delighted to have signed one of Europe's most sought-after young players. 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."
Chelsea are 100/1 at Bet365 to win the Premier League title this season.
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