Christian Pulisic puts Chelsea on collision course with his Olympic dreams as USA star reveals his desire to play in Tokyo this summer… as out-of-favour winger admits ‘it hasn’t been easy’ for him under Thomas Tuchel
- The tournament at the Olympics in Tokyo runs from 21 July until 7 August
- That coincides with pre-season training and friendlies for Premier League sides
- But the Chelsea star insists he has considered representing the USA in Tokyo
- He admitted the final decision as to whether he figures does not sit with him
Christian Pulisic has expressed his desire to feature for the USA at this summer’s delayed Olympic Games in Tokyo, which would interrupt his preparations ahead of next season for Chelsea.
The football tournament in Japan runs from 21 July to 7 August, which would coincide with pre-season training and friendlies for Premier League clubs.
But the Chelsea star has revealed playing in the Games is something he has weighed up in his mind, but conceded he is not in control of whether he will be allowed to figure.
Christian Pulisic has admitted he would like to feature for the USA at the Olympics in Tokyo
The football tournament in Japan runs from 21 July to 7 August, coinciding with pre-season
‘It is something I’ve thought about and that I’ve wanted to play in,’ Pulisic said in a press conference ahead of USA’s fixtures against Jamaica and Northern Ireland during this international break.
‘Obviously I can’t control exactly what goes on and what is best for me at the time and the team at the time, I can’t say.
‘But it is something that I would like to play in.’
Minutes on the pitch have been an issue for the former Borussia Dortmund star since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel in place of Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge in January.
Pulisic also admitted it has not been easy given his lack of minutes under Thomas Tuchel
The 22-year-old is yet to complete 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 is yet to score under the German and has recorded just two assists, and conceded it has been a testing period for him.
The American admitted it mirrors the situation of when he first joined the club from Dortmund in 2019 for £58million, and is striving 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 some minutes. I’m trying to do the same thing now.’
Sportsmail exclusively revealed earlier this month that Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich were all on alert to chase Pulisic due to falling down the pecking order at the Blues.
The 22-year-old is yet to complete 90 minutes in a Premier League game for the German