Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic in a £58 million deal from Borussia Dortmund in January but the American international stayed back at Dortmund for the rest of the season.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to Spanish side Real Madrid all season and some reports have claimed Chelsea signed Pulisic as a replacement for Hazard.
Pulisic insists his goal at Chelsea is to be his own man and not be a Hazard replacement.
“Eden’s a fantastic player, we all know that. If I can get anywhere close to him, I’ll be more than happy,” Pulisic said.
“But I’m coming in to be my own player. I expect a lot from myself. For me that’s enough.
“Obviously there’s pressure from outside—that’s to be expected.
“I want to be successful, be part of this team and make an impact. They are my goals and to become the best player I can be.”
Meanwhile, Pulisic is happy with the mentality at Chelsea after observing training at Cobham.
“There’s no doubt City had a great season, but Chelsea … there’s a champion mentality at this club,” Pulisic said, according to The Guardian.
“They are a confident group of guys who understand we have a long way to go, but we have a great squad already and everyone wants to take the steps so we can compete right away.
“It’s the next challenge I want to take on. I was 15 when I moved to Dortmund. I knew that move wasn’t going to be easy, and the first two years in Germany were very tough for me: a foreign country, a new language, being away from my family and friends … I thought people were looking at me, asking: ‘Who is this American trying to take my spot?’
“I was playing in the youth team and hadn’t ‘made it’. Everything was in front of me. It was a tough time, but I wanted it. My life was soccer. I knew that if I stuck at it and proved I was good enough it would all work out. If they see you can play, they respect you.”