Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has completed a noteworthy transfer agreement, officially sealing a £20 million move to the illustrious Italian club, AC Milan. The talented 24-year-old American international has solidified his commitment to the Serie A side by signing a four-year contract, which includes the enticing possibility of extending for an additional year.
Pulisic’s Success at Chelsea and Recent Struggles
Pulisic, who played a crucial role in Chelsea’s triumphant victory over Manchester City in the 2021 Champions League final, scoring 26 goals in 145 games for the club, has found himself surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. However, his final season at Chelsea was less productive, as he managed to find the back of the net only once, resulting in limited playing time.
A Fresh Start at AC Milan
Speaking at his unveiling news conference, Pulisic expressed his enthusiasm for embarking on a fresh start at AC Milan, stating, “It was challenging during the last few seasons with Chelsea. For reasons unknown, I wasn’t given the opportunities I desired. Joining a prestigious team like AC Milan presents a brilliant opportunity for me to step away and start anew.”
Official Confirmation and Pulisic’s Career Journey
Chelsea has officially confirmed Pulisic’s departure through an official statement, extending their best wishes and gratitude for his contributions throughout his tenure with the club. Pulisic initially joined Chelsea in 2019 from Borussia Dortmund in a £57.6 million transfer, making him the most expensive North American player at that time. He has also amassed 60 caps for the United States national team.
Reunion with Former Teammate and Chelsea’s Squad Overhaul
The move to AC Milan reunites Pulisic with his former Chelsea teammate, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who also recently made a switch to the Italian club. This summer, Chelsea has undergone a significant squad overhaul, bidding farewell to several established first-team players.
Notable Departures and Restructuring of Chelsea’s Lineup
Among the notable departures are Kai Havertz, who joined Arsenal, Mateo Kovacic, who signed with Manchester City, and Mason Mount, who transferred to Manchester United. Cesar Azpilicueta has departed for Atletico Madrid on a free transfer, while Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, and N’Golo have ventured to the Saudi Pro League, signing with Al-Hilal, Al-Ahli, and Al-Ittihad, respectively. These changes signify a substantial restructuring of Chelsea’s lineup for the upcoming season.