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Thierry Henry surprised Christian Pulisic did not leave Chelsea | Football

Christian Pulisic has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Newcastle (Image: Getty)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry said he was surprised Christian Pulisic hadn’t left Chelsea this summer.

Pulisic has struggled for playing time this season – mostly limited to substitutes – playing just 155 minutes of top-flight action.

The 23-year-old USA international has been linked with a move in the summer transfer window amid interest from Manchester United and Newcastle.

Italian clubs AC Milan and Juventus were also said to be interested and he was even on Liverpool’s radar.

But Pulisic eventually stayed in west London and was recently criticized by Chelsea fans for snubbing them after the Southampton defeat.

Perplexed by the situation, Henry told CBS Sports, “I think we would have known by now if he could play.

“He’s been at Chelsea for a very long time. I thought Christian Pulisic would leave. I think it was time for him to go. But he did not do it.

‘It’s over. It will stay that way until the World Cup. He has to find a way to play. Raheem Sterling is in front of him.

“They also have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But I thought [Pulisic] wanted to go.’

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel can be “positive” for Pulisic, says US manager Gregg Berhalter.

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Head coach Tuchel was sacked after the Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb while the Blues are sixth in the Premier League after the opening six games in a disappointing start to the season.

Pulisic has made 122 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2019 and his national team manager Berhalter believes his player can benefit from Graham Potter’s appointment.

Speaking on Chelsea’s decision to sack Tuchel and replace him with Potter and how that could affect Pulisic’s playing time, Berhalter said: “I’m not happy that a guy lost his job.

“But if that means more opportunities for Christian then that’s positive because he’s a guy who has proven he can perform at this level. We’ll just have to wait and see.’

Pulisic is recognized as one of the United States’ greatest talents and has been named U.S. Male Soccer Player of the Year three times, including 2021.

He meets England when the World Cup begins in Qatar, with the two nations meeting in their final Group B game on November 25.

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