Christian Pulisic has a big summer ahead of him as the USMNT star will think long and hard about his future at the club level.
Should he stay at Chelsea? Should he leave? Where should he go?
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The latest report on his situation comes from the Daily Mail as they say Christian Pulisic wants to stay at Chelsea despite interest from Juventus. According to the report, Pulisic is not interested in moving to Juve.
This follows a report on his future from The Daily Telegraph as they claimed Chelsea had offered Juventus one from Pulisic and Timo Werner, plus cash, for Matthijs de Ligt.
Of course, USMNT fans are hoping whatever happens with Christian Pulisic at Chelsea will be the best for the United States ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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But there is no way of knowing what will be best for his future and this summer is a very big moment in his career.
The USMNT star will have plenty of options
Listen, it’s clear that Chelsea seem quite keen on freshening up their attack and are okay with leaving Pulisic this summer.
Pulisic has scored big goals and won big trophies at Chelsea over the past three seasons, but his injury record is concerning and he doesn’t really suit Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system as the German coach prefers narrow forwards and Pulisic is a true winger.
Whether Chelsea’s new US owners sell him or not – he has two years left on his contract, so his transfer value will only decrease after this summer, if he doesn’t sign a new deal – remains to be seen, but many clubs will want to land the USMNT star. His talent is undeniable.
With Raheem Sterling, Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele all linked with moves to Chelsea, these three players play in very similar positions to Pulisic. It’s not looking very good for his future at Chelsea.
Tuchel is very fond of Pulisic but admitted he sees him as a player who can have a real impact on the bench and often uses him in that role. If Pulisic stays at Chelsea next season and they sign two from Sterling, Dembele and Raphinha, the competition in his role will be huge. Five substitutes will be allowed per game in the Premier League from next season but Pulisic definitely wants more than a small role in a top team.
Will he get it at Chelsea? Maybe not.
Where should he go?
If he wants to move, going to Turin to play for Juve is not a bad idea. It might not be the best move for his career, but it might not be the worst and it could be much better than warming up the Chelsea bench.
Juventus are in the UEFA Champions League, close friend Weston McKennie is relied upon in midfield (USMNT fans are salivating at the thought that they could combine week after week in Italy) and the attacking options of the Juve are not as numerous as those of Chelsea. . He would struggle with the return of Federico Chiesa for playing time, but Juventus have offloaded many attacking stars this summer with Federico Bernardeschi and Paulo Dybala both leaving. It could be a good opportunity for him to be a main man in a big European team.
Pulisic seems to need a fresh start somewhere and at 23 (he will turn 24 in September) he still has the peak of his career ahead of him. He can’t lose his prime sitting on a bench or playing for a manager who doesn’t fully believe in him.
He will have options in Italy, Spain, Germany and the Premier League but first and foremost he needs to play for a team that best suits his style of play and a manager who will play him regularly.
The fact that Chelsea are offering him to other clubs tells us all, including Pulisic, that it’s time to move on. But maybe the Pennsylvania native wants to wait until after the World Cup to make the move. It’s a tough decision.