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Christian Pulisic believes Chelsea have been “solid” this season as he reflects on his first campaign in England.</strong>
Pulisic arrived from Borussia Dortmund just last summer as the man that could replace Eden Hazard, but despite some decent performances, he has not really made the impact that many had hoped, mainly down to his injuries.
But he has opened up and told fans that it has been a fun season for him and he is loving every minute at the club, The USA international told the club’s website: “It’s been a really fun season for me, it’s been awesome. It’s been a big change for me coming to Chelsea and having to get to know a whole new team, a new league and stuff.
“I’ve been really proud of the guys and although we’ve had our tough moments, I think overall we’ve been pretty solid. I love playing with my team-mates and we’ve had so many exciting games.
“I’ve really enjoyed it and we just want to give it a strong push to the end of the season, if we are able to resume.”
Pulisic has also hailed Frank Lampard as he claims he has learned so much under the Blues gaffer, he added: ” It’s been great. I watched so much of him growing up and now just getting to work with him every day and learn from him, it’s awesome.
“He knows so much about the game and has so much experience, so it’s great to learn from him.”
He continues: ” We have our group chats so we speak almost every day, just checking in and keeping in touch. We are all just really excited to get back and play again. We are all a little bored I think!”
Hakim Ziyech’s former coaches has claimed the soon to be Chelsea man will suit the physicality of the Premier League fine.
Ziyech is regarded as one of the most creative and exciting players in Europe right now and has been one of the main reasons why Ajax have been so successful both domestically and in Europe over the past few seasons.
The 26-year-old will make the move Stamford Bridge in the summer after his £37million move from Ajax was agreed earlier this year, which has got many fans excited to see just what he will bring to the club next season.
And Speaking to Sky Sports, Boudewijn Pahlpatz – who coached the player at FC Twente – said of the Ajax ace: “He has played in the Eredivisie for seven or eight years now and knows all about Holland.
“The step to the Premier League will do him good. He will be playing with the best players every day and that is a new challenge for him. I think he will do well there.[the_ad id=”164″]
“He will have to get used to the amount of games and the physical side but in the end he will succeed, for sure.”
Hans de Jong – who coached Ziyech for Heerenveen’s Under 17’s – added: “They are still saying that he has a problem with his physicality.
“That is what everybody is saying right now but they were saying the same when he came from the academy at Heerenveen.
“They said the same when he went to Twente – problem with his physicality. Same thing at Ajax. So I don’t think it’s a problem. I have absolutely no doubts. He is going to beat the next challenge.”
Lille president Gerard Lopez believes Gabriel Magalhaes is on track to join a “really big club” amid interest from Chelsea.
We remain one of the favourites to land Lille’s young Brazilian centre-back, who has featured in the Champions League, playing twice against Chelsea in this season’s group stages, and now have been told that the defender is ready to make that big move.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Lopez said: “It’s true that he would like to go and try something else out. We haven’t taken that decision yet, but he’s received a number of offers. I feel he’s closer to one club than others, but nothing’s done yet so we’ll see.
“I wouldn’t want to say any more as I respect the player too much. The mechanism I have in place, and we saw that work so well with Nico [Nicolas Pepe], is that I have a certain price in mind for a player, and at the end of the day it’s the player’s choice to go and play where he wants to play – that’s the respect that I have for them.
“I feel he is among the top five dominant central defenders in Europe right now. His statistics, which aren’t well covered outside of France, shows that his percentage for winning duels is pretty unheard of in a league that’s extremely physical.
“He’s an absolute machine, so to me, he’s well on his way – if not this year – to potentially a really big club. I’m certain he’s on his way to the Brazilian national team at some point.
“He’s been linked to two clubs in the UK and he’s clearly been linked to other clubs that have either enquired or moved forward with proposals for him. But we’re not in a hurry and we’re not playing right now. The player isn’t on the pitch.”