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English Premier League side, Chelsea have signed American forward Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £58m, but will loan him back to the German club until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old joined Dortmund as a youth player in 2015, and his fee to Chelsea is the highest transfer fee for an American player, beating the 20m euros Wolfsburg paid for John Brooks in 2017.
Pulisic has scored nine goals in 23 games for the United States national team.
“At just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said in a statement.
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Expressing his excitement on Twitter, Pulisic wrote: “It feels like only yesterday that I arrived in Dortmund as a raw, excited, very nervous but exceptionally proud 16-year-old from a small American town called Hershey.
“I would not be here without the club and their belief in giving young players a chance. Many memorable moments stand out – to have experienced all of them before my 20th birthday, still feels at times like a dream.
“For the next six months, it’s all BVB. Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110% commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season.”
Since his debut at age 17 in January 2016, Pulisic has played 81 games in the German top flight and 20 in the Champions League.
He has scored three goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund this season.