Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has dismissed rumors he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
The US international found himself in and out of the side under Thomas Tuchel and admitted he was “very frustrated” fail to start against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg earlier this month, which suggests he may be looking for a move this summer.
However, Pulisic says he’s not going anywhere and is “up to the challenge” of proving himself in West London.
What did Pulisic say about his future at Chelsea?
When asked if he sees his long-term future at Chelsea, Pulisic said ESPN: “Yeah, I’m obviously happy here. It has been an incredible two years.
“People always doubted and said, ‘Oh he doesn’t play, does he want to go here, does he want to go? “I’m always up for a challenge, I love competition, I love the position I’m in and I enjoy my time here.”
Pulisic hopes Chelsea can learn from Gunners loss
Pulisic can take home the first trophy of his Chelsea career when the Blues face Leicester in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, with the Champions League final against Manchester City coming later this month.
Tuchel’s side enter Leicester’s game following a midweek Premier League loss to Arsenal who verified their first four ambitions, although Pulisic is hopeful the result can inspire a positive response.
“Maybe this is something we need – we are so much hungrier, especially as we wait for the game tomorrow,” he added.
“We know what Leicester is. They are going to fight, they are a tough team. They have done very well in the league this year. We know their attacking ability and some of their players.”
“So we expect them to come and fight. We’re going to give it our all, and hopefully if we play the way we do and match their intensity, I think we can beat them.”
The big picture
Despite being a regular on Tuchel’s Team of the Day, Pulisic has only started 11 of 26 games in all competitions since the German arrived in late January.
His public grunts after the Real Madrid game have hinted that he might consider his future, but these latest comments suggest the ex-Borussia Dortmund player is ready to fight for his place.
Although not a regular starter, he could end the season with two major trophies and if Chelsea can carry their impressive recent form into the next campaign, a challenge for the Premier League title is not an unrealistic prospect, giving Pulisic extra motivation to stay at Stamford Bridge.