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Christian Pulisic frustrated by lack of minutes at Chelsea but will 'keep pushing' for chances

During September, the winger played just 10 minutes of league football and his only start came in the League Cup

Christian Pulisic, second right, provided the assist for Michy Batshuayi's goal in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Southampton. Reuters
Christian Pulisic, second right, provided the assist for Michy Batshuayi's goal in Chelsea's 4-1 win over Southampton. Reuters

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has admitted he is frustrated at his lack of playing time since moving to the Premier League club, but insisted he will "keep pushing" to force his way into the team.

Pulisic, 21, signed for Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in January but only sealed his €64 million (Dh258.4m) move in the summer. The United States international has started three of Chelsea's eight league games this season, while during September he played just 10 minutes in the league and his only start came in the 7-1 League Cup win over Grimsby Town.

Despite yet cementing a place in the starting XI, Pulisic has shown glimpses of his talent. He has created three assists in all competitions and was particularly impressive in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Uefa Super Cup.

However, Pulisic is refusing to get downbeat over his situation and said he will work hard to break into manager Frank Lampard's plans.

“Culture wise, it’s been easier than Germany,” Pulisic said. “From the football side ... obviously I haven’t been getting as many minutes as I would like. I know my time’s going to come.

"I’m not just going to throw a fit and give up ever, so if I’m on the bench it doesn’t mean the gaffer doesn’t think I’m a part of the team. I’ve just got to keep pushing.

“I want to be starting every game. I’m working hard in training, I want to be there, I hope everyone can see that. With moments like this I hope I can make a case for myself.”

Pulisic also admitted that he has been affected by criticism levelled at him over his impact, particularly when his price tag is brought up.

“You can’t completely ignore it. I don’t live under a rock. I hear things, I see things, but I do my best to block it out. The outside opinions don’t matter as much to me as to what’s in the team and myself and the people who care about me.”

Pulisic will hope to grab Lampard's attention while he is on international duty. The United States face Cuba on Saturday in a Concacaf Nations League match, before travelling north to play Canada on October 16.

Updated: October 7, 2019 05:01 PM

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