Having succeeded Jürgen Klinsmann as the USMNT coach in last month, Bruce Arena has wasted little time in paying his predecessor’s homeland a visit to run the rule over the American talent lighting up the Bundesliga.
bundesliga.com: Bruce Arena, you have been on the move in Germany recently and visited Dortmund. I suppose you were there to observe Christian Pulisic?
Bruce Arena: Yes, I came to Germany to meet a great many of the players who play for the US team and are active in the Bundesliga. I talked to Fabian Johnson [Borussia Mönchengladbach], I had an appointment with Bobby Wood [Hamburger SV] and I met Timothy Chandler [Eintracht Frankfurt] and John Brooks [Hertha Berlin]. And of course, I was in Dortmund to see Christian Pulisic play and have a talk to him. Obviously Christian is a very talented player. He will have a great future. He is in a terrific form in his club Borussia Dortmund.
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bundesliga.com: How would you describe his abilities?
Arena: You can see that he is skilful, he is a very fast and a technically adept player. Christian has a good mentality already for a kid at his age. He`s been brought along the right way in Dortmund. If he can continue his development, I think he can grow up to be a very good player.
bundesliga.com: Are there things Christian could do better?
Arena: There are things that every player could do better. But Christian is an exceptional young player right now. You should always be aware of the fact that he is only 18 years old. If he keeps his head on his shoulders the right way, he will continue to grow and will be very good. I’m firmly convinced of that.
bundesliga.com: Is he already a player for the US-team now or in the future in your opinion?
Arena: He is a player who is ready to play for us right now. Although he is very young he already played a few good games for the US since his debut in march. He scored three goals and has shown that he can help the team.
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bundesliga.com: Is it good for Christian to keep playing in the Bundesliga? English Premier League clubs especially have expressed interested in him…
Arena: I think where he is right now, at Borussia Dortmund, is very good for his development. He is part of the team and he learns a lot there. Why should he change this good situation?
Interview by Dietmar Nolte