Christian Pulisic says he sought out some London advice from former Borussia Dortmund teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before agreeing his switch to Chelsea .
The American was presented as a Blues player on Tuesday having tied up the formalities of his £58million switch from Germany, which was initially set up in the January transfer window.
The 20-year-old’s arrival provides a welcome boost for the Blues ahead of their transfer ban kicking in this summer, with the attacker seen as a replacement for Eden Hazard ahead of the Belgian’s likely move to Real Madrid .
And Pulisic credits Arsenal’s Aubameyang for helping him choose Chelsea.
“When the possibility of my transfer to Chelsea came around, I reached out to him,” Pulisic told the Evening Standard .
“Even though Pierre-Emerick left Dortmund for Arsenal , we remained in contact. I have spoken with him on and off ever since he moved here.
“I asked him how it was in London and stuff. He loves it here. He is a big city kind of guy, you can see that and he has told me about a few places to go see.
“It was a very good friendship when we played for Dortmund together for a few years. He was there when I first broke into the first team and we had a nice link up on the field.
“He taught me a lot. That was one of the coolest things about him. He’s a very humble guy and perhaps people don’t know that about him.”
The pair might be friends, but Pulisic says he hopes Aubameyang is on the losing side when he comes face-to-face with Chelsea in next week’s Europa League final.
“We have bantered about that already,” he continued. “I have told him ‘you can score one goal in the Europa League Final, but you can’t win. That’s it!’
“I knew that he’d do well in this country. He did it in the Bundesliga. He is just a guy that will always score goals. He will work hard and find that right spot. He is what a great striker can do.
“Does seeing how well he has done in the Premier League give me the confidence I can do the same? Yes, absolutely.”