Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea FC from Borussia Dortmund for £58m. It has been confirmed by Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.
The America international, 20, signs for Chelsea with immediate effect but will be loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the current season.
Pulisic’s contract with Dortmund was due to expire in 18 months and the club say he was reluctant to sign an extension with the possibility of a move to the Premier League.
“It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League,” said sporting director Michael Zorc.
” That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract. Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity. Christian Pulisic is a character perfect player. I am sure that in the coming months he will do everything in his power to bring his high quality to the team and to achieve his sporting goals with his team-mates Borussia Dortmund.”
The USA international, who plays as a right winger, or on the left or behind a striker, said: ‘In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League. It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team ofworld classplayers.’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players. Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.