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It’s always difficult adjusting to a new team as a new signing, and for Chelsea star Christian Pulisic, it couldn’t have been any difficult, as he got the worst possible welcome from his Chelsea teammates.
Chelsea completed the signing of the American star in January 2019 but he remained with Borussia Dortmund on loan for six months before eventually joining Chelsea in the summer.
Pulisic has now revealed a strange ordeal that happened when he first met his teammates and how he had to earn their respect.
He told the 13&MEpodcast: “It was all pretty crazy what happened. I had to fly straight from my summer break right after the Gold Cup. I had one week off and I didn’t really get a summer. The team had already started pre-season in Japan so I flew straight there and I had to literally fly by myself and then met the team who had flown from London.
“I had to go straight to the hotel and the next thing on the schedule was to go straight to training. I was tired, nervous and didn’t know what to think but ‘I’m at Chelsea and this is insane’.
“I got on the bus, they had just arrived as well. Everyone is half asleep, I go and sit on the bus and nobody even noticed me. Nobody said anything. There were maybe one or two guys who said ‘hey hello’ and I was like what’s going on here?
“Those first couple of days of training I was nervous. You know how it’s like when you move to a new team. They’re nice guys off the field but to earn that respect you have to show on the field you have that ability, that’s just how it is.
“I had to go in on day three when I had a really good training, scored some goals, had some nice plays and assists and then I felt the guys coming and talking to me and getting their respect. It’s interesting how it works but they’ve been great guys and I’ve enjoyed it.”