Details of Tuchel rift and sale plan emerge, as Chelsea star sets sights on bigger role under Potter

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Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mate Christian Pulisic before it is ruled out by VAR during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London Credit: PA Images
Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mate Christian Pulisic before it is ruled out by VAR during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London Credit: PA Images

Thomas Tuchel was willing to sell Christian Pulisic in the summer, but the winger is optimistic of a Chelsea future under Graham Potter, according to a report.

Pulisic was linked with a departure from Chelsea in recent months, only to end up staying put. Links with a surprise switch to Manchester United never turned into a concrete move.

Now, it is all change at the club, where head coach Tuchel has been sacked and replaced by Graham Potter, arriving from Brighton. In turn, several members of the squad will be wondering what it means for their futures.

The most obvious question mark is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who only joined Chelsea earlier this month. A desire to reunite with former Borussia Dortmund colleague Tuchel was a factor in his decision.

But another ex-Dortmund forward, Pulisic, could be having his own thoughts about his Chelsea future. In this case, though, they seem to be more positive.

According to ESPN, there had been a breakdown in the relationship between Tuchel and Pulisic before the German lost his job. Such was the extent that Tuchel would have been willing to sanction the sale of Pulisic in the recently closed transfer window; likewise, the 23-year-old was open to leaving in order to protect his gametime ahead of the World Cup.

As well as Manchester United, it is claimed that Newcastle and Juventus expressed their own interest in signing Pulisic.

Per the report, though, Pulisic is now willing to fight for his Chelsea future under a new manager. The USA international supposedly believes he can become more prominent again under Potter.

His frustrations under Tuchel emerged from the number of times he was played out of position. Sometimes, the winger had to make do as a false nine or a wing-back.

Pulisic still has time and talent on his side

It remains to be seen what kind of formation Potter will favour when inheriting the Chelsea squad. But Pulisic seems to be optimistic that he will be able to get back to doing what he does best: attacking from a wide area.

The report also claims Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are hoping to be utilised to their strengths more by Potter. Like Pulisic, the latter also had opportunities to leave in the summer, although a return to Ajax never came off.

Any of them could get a fresh start, depending on the plans Potter has for them. But with the transfer window now closed, it is clear they will have to focus on Chelsea for the next few months anyway.

For Pulisic, the second chapter of his Chelsea career could yet be a good one. Age is on his side, while he has shown his talent before, particularly in his debut season with the club.

Therefore, there is reason to believe he can enjoy a new lease of life under Potter. He will have to work hard to make sure of his own success, though.

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