Christian Pulisic admits he was blanked by his Chelsea teammates following his move to the club and revealed how he had to earn the respect of the squad on the training pitch.
The US international signed for the club in a £58m deal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2019, though remained with the Bundesliga side on loan for the second half of last season before joining up with his new teammates for the first time last summer.
Pulisic has now opened up on his move to the Premier League and his first experiences of being a Chelsea player, revealing how ‘nobody said anything’ when he first joined up with his teammates during the club’s pre-season tour of Japan.
“It was all pretty crazy what happened,” Pulisic told the 13&ME Podcast. “I had to fly straight from my summer break right after the Gold Cup. I had one week off and I didn’t really get a summer.
“The team had already started pre-season in Japan so I flew straight there and I had to literally fly by myself and then met the team who had flown from London.
“I had to go straight to the hotel and the next thing on the schedule was to go straight to training. I was tired, nervous and didn’t know what to think but, ‘I’m at Chelsea and this is insane.‘
“I got on the bus, they had just arrived as well. Everyone is half asleep, I go and sit on the bus and nobody even noticed me. Nobody said anything. There were maybe one or two guys who said ‘Hey hello’ and I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’
“Those first couple of days of training I was nervous. You know how it’s like when you move to a new team. They’re nice guys off the field but to earn that respect you have to show on the field you have that ability, that’s just how it is.
“I had to go in on day three when I had a really good training, scored some goals, had some nice plays and assists and then I felt the guys coming and talking to me and getting their respect.
“It’s interesting how it works but they’ve been great guys and I’ve enjoyed it.”