Christian Pulisic puts Chelsea on a collision course with his Olympic dreams as the American star reveals his desire to play in Tokyo this summer … while a fallen winger admits ‘it wasn’t easy’ for him under Thomas Tuchel
- The tournament at the Olympic Games in Tokyo will run from July 21 to August 7
- That coincides with preseason practices and friendlies for Premier League teams
- But the Chelsea star insists he has considered representing the US in Tokyo
- He admitted that the final decision as to whether or not he grades is not with him
Christian Pulisic has expressed his desire to perform for the US this summer at the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo, which would interrupt his preparations for Chelsea next season.
The football tournament in Japan will run from July 21 to August 7, which would coincide with preliminary training sessions and friendlies for Premier League clubs.
But the Chelsea star has revealed that playing in the Games is something he has weighed in his mind, but admitted that he has no control over whether he is allowed to find out.
Christian Pulisic has admitted that he would like to perform for the US at the Tokyo Olympics
The soccer tournament in Japan runs from July 21 to August 7, coinciding with the preseason
“It’s something I thought about and wanted to play in,” Pulisic said at a press conference ahead of the US’s games against Jamaica and Northern Ireland during this international break.
‘Obviously I have no control over what exactly happens and what is best for me and the team at that moment, I cannot say that.
“But it’s something I’d like to play in.”
Minutes on the field have been a problem for the former Borussia Dortmund star since Thomas Tuchel came to replace Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January.
Pulisic also admitted it wasn’t easy given his lack of minutes under Thomas Tuchel
The 22-year-old has yet to play 90 minutes in a Premier League game for the German boss and has seen just 202 minutes of action in the top flight since Tuchel’s arrival.
He has yet to score under the German and has only recorded two assists, admitting it was a testing period for him.
The American admitted that it reflects the situation when he first came to the club from Dortmund in 2019 for £ 58 million, and that he aims to ‘earn minutes’ under his new manager.
“It hasn’t been easy,” he added.
‘I was in a similar situation when I first came to Chelsea. I had to earn my way to get a few minutes. I’m trying to do the same now. ‘
Sportsmail Exclusive revealed earlier this month that Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich were all wary of chasing Pulisic over a bad pecking order at the Blues.
The 22-year-old has yet to play 90 minutes in a Premier League game for the German