Chelsea have completed the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £57.5 million but the USA international will spend the rest of the season on loan at Dortmund.
Many believe Chelsea signed Pulisic as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
According to German football analyst Raphael Honigstein, Pulisic is not a replacement for Hazard and Chelsea want to keep both players at Stamford Bridge next season.
Honigstein believes Hazard will benefit playing alongside Pulisic if the Belgian remains at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.
“He is a very good player but he is not going to be, at least not immediately, an Eden Hazard type player providing you with 15 or 20 goals a season, he’s more the guy who plays the last ball,” Honigstein told talkSPORT.
“I think he could grow into that type of player, but he isn’t quite there yet.
“I don’t think he’s a replacement for Hazard, either. In an ideal world you would have him play with Hazard and I think that would really bring the best out of Hazard, and vice versa.
“He’s not as direct, he’s not as incisive just yet, but there is potential to grow into that player.
“I don’t think Chelsea have looked at him as the guy to replace Hazard, I think he was bought on his own merit.
“I’m not even sure Chelsea and Hazard know right now if that big move to Real Madrid will happen.
“It’s down to Real and, as far as I know, they still haven’t made the move yet.
“Hazard is still waiting, so I’m not sure it changes much.”
Pulisic, who was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal, admitted it was a privilege to have signed for legendary club like Chelsea.
Upon signing for the club, Pulisic said: “In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League. 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.”
Pulisic’s contract at Dortmund was due to expire in June 2020 and Dortmund director Michael Zorc admits Dortmund had to accept the lucrative bid from Chelsea due to Pulisic’s reluctance to extend his Dortmund contract.
Dortmund director Michael Zorc said: “It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League.
“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.”