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Christian Pulisic is keen on playing for a formidable U.S football team that is capable of challenging top football teams in the world.

Pulisic noted as the most expensive American player reported back to national team duties this week.

Chelsea signed the U.S international from Borussia Dortmund for 64 million euros before loaning him back to the German club for the rest of the season.

“I want them to fear them like a big team,” he said Tuesday, quickly acknowledging “obviously, we still feel we have a long way to.”

“There’s a lot of things that we talk about, that we need to be leaders, we need to show everybody what we’re about,” He revealed via Fox Sports.

“A lot of times I feel that in the U.S. we talk about how many good young players we have and stuff like that, and there’s a lot of players that end up falling off or not being heard about again. And you don’t want to be one of those players.”

Pulisic made his Bundesliga debut in at 17 in 2016 and became a regular with the national team. When the U.S. lost at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017, failing to qualify for the World Cup, he was the image of defeat.

Pulisic crouched on the field, steadied his body with his right hand and covered his face with his left. The emotional pain was intense.

“Ever since that happened, it makes you want to be in a World Cup that much more,” he said. “So, yeah, definitely it motivates me.”

DORTMUND, GERMANY – OCTOBER 31: Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the DFB Cup match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Union Berlin at Signal Iduna Park on October 31, 2018, in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“I feel very confident right now,” he said. “I’m feeling very good. I feel like I’m at the top of my game. So I want to play as much as I can over there over in Dortmund. I’m not there to just finish out my time. I want to fight and they know that.”

A regular with Dortmund the past two seasons, he struggled with a torn calf muscle last fall and a thigh injury this winter. He lost his starting job to 18-year-old English winger Jadon Sancho.

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