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Chelsea beat off competition from Manchester United and some top Premier League sides to secure the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.
Pulisic was signed up for £58m, and youth coach who claims to be a long time Chelsea fan Robin Walker, has a close relationship with Pulisic from his days as a kid with non-League side Brackley Town, has opened the lid on how Chelsea were able to sign the young American.
Walker has revealed that Pulisic wasn’t interested in a move to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho, who has since been sacked, not being willing to give young players opportunities.
“I’m a Chelsea fan, I grew up in London supporting them,” Walker told The Telegraph.
“When I was in Dortmund last year, I told him that he had to come.
“He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho. His father couldn’t stand Mourinho, because he didn’t promote young players.
“It was at that point I asked: “What about London? That’s where it’s at.” I was trying to sell the city.
“His agent agreed, saying: When you make these decisions, it’s all about investment and property.’ I was delighted that he did sign.”
Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hailed the signing of Pulisic and revealed he enjoys watching Christian Pulisic because he’s exciting and technically gifted.
“Chelsea looked good in the first half at Old Trafford and, when I watched them in a couple of preseason matches, I liked what I saw too,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“There’s no shame in losing to Liverpool on penalties in the Super Cup in midweek.
“I came from the Bundesliga to the Premier League so I understand the challenge facing Christian Pulisic at Chelsea.
“I liked the young American when he played for Dortmund, he showed a sharp turn of pace against United and the pass he played Olivier Giroud’s goal in the Super Cup was unbelievable.
“I want to watch Pulisic as much as possible because he’s exciting and technically gifted, a great signing for Chelsea. I expect the Blues to get their first League win under Lampard against Leicester on Sunday.”