Going for Gold
Chelsea’s American international playmaker Christian Pulisic would like to play in the Olympics, if he’s selected.
Speaking to reporters on a conference call ahead of a friendlies against Jamaica and Northern Ireland he was asked if he would like to be part of the U.S. men’s National team heading to Tokyo this summer.
On USMNT Zoom call, Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic declares his interest in going to the Olympics if called up to US squad. Tournament runs from July 21 to August 7, right in pre-season for Premier League clubs.
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“The Olympics is of course a massive honor to play in, and to represent your country in an Olympics would be amazing.”
“I am fully supporting the guys in qualifying now. It is something I’ve thought about and that I’ve wanted to play in. Obviously I can’t control exactly what goes on and what is best for me at the time and the team at the time, I can’t say. But it is something that I would like to play in.” said Pulisic.
Pulisic is only 22 and therefore would be eligible to participate in the under-23 tournament. The U.S play a winner goes to Tokyo match in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on Sunday in Mexico against either Canada or Honduras.
Judging by what he has said he would love to head to the Olympics, but his club may feel very different as it will be in the middle of pre-season with the Premier League set to start in August.
Clubs do not have to release players for the Olympics, but are for the Gold Cup which runs at a similar time to the Olympics.
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)
The future of Christian Pulisic at Chelsea has been the subject of much speculation recently and he has struggled for playing time under Thomas Tuchel, who of course also managed him at Borussia Dortmund.
If the player wants to remain at Chelsea and go to the Olympics he will likely have to reproduce the level of performance he showed at the end of last season in order to be released.
As the season reaches its climax, Chelsea will be hoping the American rediscovers his form in order to help them achieve their objectives.