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Christian Pulisic’s dad sends message regarding his son’s future

The United States men’s international team ace has lost his role in the starting XI with Chelsea in the past few weeks and could be set for a summer exit.

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It has been a rollercoaster of a season for Christian Pulisic in his third year with Chelsea. The United States international was dealing with injuries in the first part of the campaign that kept him sidelined for several months and when he finally recovered, it took a few weeks to earn the trust of manager Thomas Tuchel.

Not the ideal situation for Pulisic at Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has decided to bench Pulisic in the last few matches and start Timo Werner instead, including in the quarter-final first-leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League. In the last three league games the winger has been coming off the bench and playing around 15 minutes in each.

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The US ace played 22 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat against Everton on Sunday and his Dad, Mark Pulisic, took to Twitter to talk about his son’s situation. “The sad thing is he loves the club, teammates, and London… puts his heart and soul into being a pro. Onwards and upwards my boy… big six months ahead,” wrote Mark, but he would delete it after just a few minutes.

Pulisic senior wrote this enigmatic message regarding the future of his son with the FIFA World Cup six months away. The 23-year-old needs more minutes to be in top form by November and may look for an exit in the upcoming summer transfer window to give him more chance of meeting that requirement.

So far this season Christian Pulisic has only played 1,046 minutes in the Premier League with 10 starts and nine coming from the bench. The United States international has scored five goals and provided one assist in the current edition of the EPL. Pulisic’s contract with Chelsea expires in June 2024, but he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

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