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Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic has already made a great impression on new boss Frank Lampard, despite having not even met the Chelsea head coach yet.
The 20-year-old USA international is yet to report for pre-season as he was involved with his country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping USA to the finals before they lost 1-0 to Mexico.
He was named the tournament’s best young player after scoring three goals and providing three assists for his teammates.
Players involved in international competitions for their countries are normally given extended vacation but Pulisic is not planning on taking an extended break as he intends to join the team for pre-season on Tuesday.
The Blues will leave London for Japan on Monday while Pulisic will fly from USA to Japan on Tuesday to be part of the squad during Chelsea’s second leg of their summer pre-season.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is already impressed with Pulisic’s decision to cut short his holiday and join the team for pre-season on Tuesday.
Lampard said: “Christian joins us on Tuesday when we get there. He is flying in separately as he has had short break but fair play, he wanted to get there quickly which I appreciate. N’Golo [Kante] wil be there.
“We have to step up. I enjoyed the first half but I was not so mad in the second half as we lacked energy. I understand that we are in pre-season but we have to step up.
“It is how I would have been [coming back from holiday early]. It is a huge move for him to a big club and he is a top young player who will only go one way.
“It was important we start the season as well as we can. I know we have injuries but we will need him. I have not met him, I have spoken to him, but it is a good impression.”
Pulisic signed for Chelsea in January for £58million but was loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of their 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign.