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Chelsea player confirms he wants to leave ahead of Pochettino arrival

Christian Pulisic has suggested he now wants to leave Chelsea, saying he needs to ‘play and be trusted’ at club level.

Much was expected of Pulisic when he moved to Stamford Bridge in 2019 off the back of four productive years at Borussia Dortmund.

The USA forward scored 11 goals in his first campaign at Chelsea but his contributions have fallen away since then, with Pulisic starting just eight league matches last term.

Despite his battles with injury and form, Pulisic is attracting interest from Napoli, Juventus and AC Milan this summer.

The 24-year-old says he ‘needs to figure out what’s best for my career’ but has suggested he has decided to leave in search of more game-time.

‘It’s absolutely a time where I need to figure out what’s going to be best for my future and be somewhere where I can go and play and be trusted and feel good in what I’m doing,’ Pulisic told ESPN.

‘I want to find that joy at club level again, for sure.’

Like so many in the Chelsea team, Pulisic had a frustrating 2022-23 campaign as the Blues slipped to a bottom-half finish in the Premier League.


The American is said to be one of a number of players incoming Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to sell in his first transfer window in charge.

Former PSG, Tottenham and Southampton manager Pochettino officially takes over at Stamford Bridge on July 1 but the Blues have started trimming his bloated squad.

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