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Christian Pulisic so excited to get to Chelsea: I was wearing club shirt around the house!

Christian Pulisic admits he couldn't wait to officially join Chelsea last summer.

The American's transfer from Borussia Dortmund was finalised in January, but he finished the season in Germany - meaning he had to wait eight months to finally make his debut.

"Just to be in England, to be here in London, playing for Chelsea, it's awesome. I have a confession to make about that, actually," he said in Saturday's matchday programme for defeat to West Ham.

"During the summer, I had a short time off after playing for the national team in the Gold Cup, and I had this Chelsea jersey at home that was made for me when I signed back in January.

"I was wearing it around my house all the time - I just wanted to be here so bad, I just wanted to get started because I was excited for the challenge, excited for everything about it."

On comparisons with former Blues star Eden Hazard, now with Real Madrid, Pulisic added: "I have myself to worry about and I keep high enough standards for myself, so the pressures from outside don't really affect me as much.

"I expect a lot of myself and I have good people around me who care - the coaches, my team-mates - that are more important, so I try to focus on that."

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