Former Manchester United scout reveals how he told Man United to sign Chelsea star Christian Pulisic

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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic is beginning to catch the eye after a stunning end to the season for the American international.

Pulisic moved to Borussia Dortmund as a 16-year-old in 2015, and it didn’t take long for him to impress in the youth ranks and make his way into the senior team.

Chelsea signed him last year for a fee of £58m, and the American star has shown since the restart that he’s worth the hype.

Former Manchester United scout Jorge Alvial has revealed how he urged the Chelsea rivals to sign Pulisic as a youngster, but all to no avail.

“When I first got hired one of the people that I recommended right away was Pulisic because I knew him and his background,” Alvial said in an interview with Manchester Evening News.

“I knew how well he was developing in Dortmund and he was just going to keep coming up, and become a superstar because he was doing very well.

“I have always believed in him, we always have kept close contact with his father, and I called him to say I was recommending him to Manchester United.

“So it was many times that I did recommend him, but at the same time because I was only doing North America, it wasn’t my region because he was playing in Germany. We all had a list and I had him first along with Alphonso.

“I highly, highly recommended for them to sign him, and I know also the German scout was very into him, he really liked him too.

“It wasn’t a case of ‘look at this kid’, it was ‘sign this kid’. When I recommend a player usually it is an example of a player that I feel has tremendous potential.

“For Pulisic I jumped many levels that we are supposed to do and I went directly to the head scout and said: ‘Listen, this player is extraordinary we need to see him right away and we need to make a decision right away because if we don’t someone else is going to see him, and is going to beat us,’ which has also happened with Alphonso.”

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