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Christian Pulisic might just be 20, but the young forward is already highly rated in the game.
Pulisic was amazing for Borussia Dortmund and it was enough to convince the Blues to pay £58m for a 20-year-old.
Pulisic is currently the star of the US national team and signed for Dortmund as a 17-year-old, and he has now revealed how his football journey started.
He told the official Chelsea website’s The Making of Me: “The memory I have of starting to play the sport is in the basement of our house in Pennsylvania. I remember my dad would stand in goal. I had made up my own little goal and I would just shoot this mini-ball at my dad, and that is the first thing I remember, shooting it over and over. I was kind of into all sports, I was just like any American kid I think, I enjoyed everything but I kept coming back to soccer.
“I played soccer from as young as I can remember, so I must have been pretty young when I started. Most people know about my dad having played professionally but my mum played as well to a pretty good level at college and it was an influence for sure. My dad’s last professional games were when I was a baby, that was his last season. I was alive but I don’t remember it. I have only seen tapes.”
Dortmund was Pulisic’s first professional club, and he has revealed how he made the step up from a young player to the Dortmund first team.
He said: “Dortmund was the first professional environment I was in. I had been in an academy back in the US but it was a big step. I looked up the history and knew about Dortmund as a club and their trust in young players and I just felt it was great chance for me.
“I could not believe how fast I was able to make it there and they trusted me all the way so I was very pleased.”