He's ruled out any possible future move to Bayern Munich or Liverpool and insists he's more than content to continue to dazzle in the Bundesliga. Now, following a spectacular season that brought Borussia Dortmund DFB Cup glory and the USMNT back into FIFA World Cup qualifying contention, superhero Christian Pulisic is about ready for a well-deserved break.
That charming grin, those silky skills and a plethora of appreciative fans, young and old; it can only mean one thing - Pulisic is in town. Greeting the crowds at the Hershey Summer Classic in his home state of Pennsylvania, the 18-year-old Dortmund sensation and USMNT menace smoothly dealt with a tricky question surrounding his future.
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Asked if he could one day see himself following in the footsteps of players like Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze and Mats Hummels in making the switch from Dortmund to Bayern Munich, Pulisic was forthright in his response: "No, that I could not do," the young star told Penn Live.
Having honed his breathtaking abilities in Westphalia since moving to BVB as a 15-year-old, Pulisic cemented his rapid progress by signing a contract extension with the Bundesliga giants in January.
"I have the opportunity here to play in front of 80,000 fans. We have the best fans in the world – it doesn't get any better than this!" he said at the time.
And back enthralling local supporters at the 82-team youth tournament in Hershey – the like of which Pulisic himself participated in as a boy – it was Dortmund and USMNT shirts that supporters brought for their hero to sign.
"He's going to be one of the best out there so I wanted to come out and see him," one fan said. "I just had to come and get his autograph, especially because he's a hometown boy!" added another.
Those exerts followed a domestic campaign which sounded the siren of Pulisic's arrival as a major talent in the world game. Scoring five times in 43 games across all competitions for Dortmund, the tricky attacker capped the season with a DFB Cup win and could now look forward to some rest, with USMNT coach Bruce Arena saying the teenager was unlikely to feature at the forthcoming Gold Cup.
"The guys in Europe have gone through this long club season and now the World Cup qualifiers. They need a break. They have three weeks off, and asking them to come in for Gold Cup makes no sense," the USMNT tactician told Sports Illustrated.
Content at BVB, Pulisic is also delighted to ply his trade in the Bundesliga, telling Penn Live, "When I was little I wanted to play in the Premier League but now that I'm in the Bundesliga I'm not planning on a move because [playing in Germany] is what I want to do. I'm really happy there and I'm just kind of going with the flow and I'm happy with it."
So, it appears it's time from young Christian to deservedly put his feet up and wait to examine Dortmund's 2017/18 Bundesliga fate when next season's fixtures are announced on 29 June!
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