Christian Pulisic sends Roman Abramovich Eden Hazard transfer message as Chelsea face £ 58million loss – Jake Stokes
Christian Pulisic has shown Roman Abramovich he can solve Eden Hazard’s transfer dilemma from Chelsea in January after a dazzling appearance on the bench for the United States Men’s National Team.
The 23-year-old marked his return from injury with a clever goal that reminded West London why Marina Granovskaia paid just over Â£ 58million for her services.
Hazard changed Stamford Bridge to the Santiago Bernabeu the summer Pulisic finally arrived, giving the youngster the number ten jersey as a farewell gift.
For many, the handing over of the torch by the Belgian marked the start of a new era despite the youngster’s insistence not to seek to emulate Hazard’s legacy.
“I really admired [him]”Pulisic said of Hazard.” I don’t compare myself to him in any way or try to be like him.
“I’m my own player, I’m doing my best for this club. Obviously he was a huge player for this club and it’s an honor to hear such comparisons, but I still have a way to go. Browse.”
But, after a succession of injuries and unfortunate events, Chelsea have only had a glimpse of Pulisic’s true potential.
Although despite that, he came one step closer to achieving the unbeaten trade Hazard brought to west London with a decisive goal against Mexico in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers.
“When we recruited Christian it gave the team a boost,” said Gregg Berhalter, USA boss. “Plus I think it scared Mexico because they know its quality.”
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Pulisic’s aura of expectation in terms of performance and inevitability has boosted his country’s efforts, revealing a reputation Hazard has become synonymous with every time he graces the pitch.
Following Chelsea’s pair of Champions League clashes against Real Madrid last season, Roberto Martinez compared Pulisic to the former Blues number ten, noting the maturity and ability to take control of a draw.
“Of course it’s a big pressure [to be likened to Hazard] but remember that is why Chelsea signed him, wanting to replace Eden Hazard when he visits Real Madrid. There were big transfer fees paid, “the Belgium boss said on CBS Sports.
“The way he took his responsibilities [against Real Madrid] is not easy. He has played well beyond his years. “
But, despite respectable praise from a manager who oversaw some of Hazard’s best years, availability is often a player’s best ability and Pulisic has already missed 14 games for Chelsea this season.
His injury toll doesn’t bode well amid transfer plans Abramovich announced in January, even though the Russian billionaire already has his Hazard alternative at his disposal.
The Chelsea owner firmly believes Hazard could rekindle his status as one of the best players in the world if he returns to west London, according to Spanish media. El Nacional.
Real Madrid’s number seven hinted at his comeback, but a succession of setbacks scrambled the Belgian’s true ability.
The report added that Abramovich was unwilling to pay more than Â£ 34million for Real Madrid number seven, giving Pulisic a saving grace in his attempt to spark a Stamford Bridge revival.
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