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McKennie backs Pulisic for Chelsea success

BREMEN, GERMANY - MAY 04: Christian Pulisic of Dortmund runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund at Weserstadion on May 04, 2019 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The Schalke American midfielder expects his U.S. teammate to do very well when he starts playing for the Blues in the summer.

English Premier League club Chelsea paid £58 million to sign Christian Pulisic from German Bundesliga title-contenders Borussia Dortmund.

And Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie has backed up his United States national team teammate to do very well in the EPL.

“Christian is the type of player who likes a challenge and likes to experience new things as well,” said McKennie to Sky Sports.

“I think he’ll be a great signing for Chelsea. He may not get it right away, he may get in and play you never know, but I think he’ll be helpful for them in any way that they use him.”

“I’m excited for him and I know he’s excited to start that next chapter of his career and make an even bigger name for himself,” he continued.

“It’s not something that I’m frightened of or aware of either.”

“I don’t pay a lot of attention to media or what people write or people say. I self-evaluate myself and I think I do a good job at that. I know when I play good and I know when I play bad and I know what areas I have to improve on in a game,” he said.

“I listen to what my coach says, my closer inner circle and what they tell me and what my instincts tell me.”

“I’ve had highs and lows. I’ve experienced being second place in Bundesliga with Schalke and this season fighting relegation, so it’s something that’s been hard but a bit learning process and I’d rather go through it at a young age than later in my career,” the American added.

“You’re still learning so you get to watch how the older players deal with it. I feel like it’s a big learning experience and something that will help me become a better player later on down the road.”