Pulisic reveals Chelsea stars blanked him before first session

‘Nobody even noticed me, nobody said anything’: Christian Pulisic reveals Chelsea stars blanked him on the team bus before his first training session

  • Christian Pulisic joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in the summer
  • The American cut his holidays short to take full part in their pre-season tour
  • He has revealed his new team-mates didn’t give him the warmest of welcomes

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has opened up on his ‘insane’ start to life at the club, revealing his new team-mates took no notice of him on the team bus prior to his first training session.

The American joined the Blues from Borussia Dortmund for £58million in the summer, cutting short his holidays to join up with Frank Lampard’s squad for pre-season in Tokyo.

And he admits his start to life at the club was an interesting time. 

Chelsea star Christian Pulisic has opened up on his ‘insane’ start to life at the club

Speaking to the 13&ME Podcast, Pulisic said: ‘It was all pretty crazy what happened. 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.’

Pulisic says he had to earn the respect of his team-mates during Chelsea’s pre-season

‘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.’

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