PULISIC ADMITS HE’S EYEING UP HAZARD’S POSITION AT CHELSEA

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Chelsea completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic in January, but the 20-year-old winger will only move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The USA international was signed for an initial £48million before he was immediately loaned back to the Bundesliga club.

Pulisic was called on international duty for USA by head coach Gregg Berhalter, and the 20-year-old has admitted that loves to play on the left side of attack, a position usually occupied by Eden Hazard at Chelsea.

Pulisic who can play anywhere across the front three, said: “I think it’s a really good position for me.

“Obviously I don’t mind where I play on the field, I just like to be in a good attacking areas where I can create and help the team score goals because that’s where I feel I’m at my best.

“I like the style that [Berhalter] has and I like that position a lot.”

Pulisic has had a tough season at Borussia Dortmund due to injury, but the American has revealed that he’s feeling confident and will give his all for the German club before joining Chelsea.

“I feel very confident right now, I’m feeling very good,” he said. “I feel I’m at the top of my game.

“My teammates are all professionals, They understand how this business works. I wanted to move and they’re all very happy for me and the club is as well.

“But they also understand that I’m there to give 120% the rest of the season because I want to win just as bad as all the guys in the locker room. It’s not weird at all.”

Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot has warned fans not to put too much expectation on the 20-year-old, warning that the young forward would fail at Chelsea if he is expected to replace Hazard.

“I think if you put that pressure on Pulisic it would set him up for failure,” Melchiot told Daily Express.

“I don’t think that you should look at it like that.

“I don’t think Chelsea have bought Pulisic to be the star man straight away.

“He’s definitely one of the most talented players in America.

“But when you look at Dortmund, [Jadon] Sancho is their star man right now.

“Sancho is the one making all the headlines, because he’s doing so well, also because he is dictating a lot.

“When he gets on the ball everybody gets excited because of the pace he has, the skill, everything.

“Pulisic was exactly what he was but now it’s really hard for him to get in the team.

“Now you want to tell me he’s going to be the star man and taking the place of Eden Hazard?

“That is a big, big ask you’re asking the guy.

“I think that’s too much weight that we’re putting on him, I think it would not also be fair for him to arrive at Stamford Bridge already with that pressure on his shoulders.

“I don’t think we should look at him like that.”

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