Pulisic in right place at Dortmund, says Arena

Christian Pulisic is in the right place at Borussia Dortmund despite speculation linking the attacker with a Premier League transfer, says former United States coach Bruce Arena.

Pulisic is considered one of the world’s most exciting young players, having broken through into the Dortmund first team and had a strong impact in the Bundesliga.

The winger scored four goals and added five assists for Dortmund this season in the league, which followed up a season where he had three goals and six assists with the club.

The versatile attacker does not turn 20 until September and is expected to be a cornerstone of the United States national team for many years to come.

Arena coached Pulisic during his second spell in charge, which came to an end after the USMNT surprisingly failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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And the 66-year-old believes Pulisic should stay at Dortmund and ignore suggestions clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United are ready to swoop.

“I think Christian is in a great place. Dortmund has a very good reputation for developing players,” Arena told Omnisport when promoting his new book.

“In his couple [of] years there with the first team he’s done very well. Hopefully he can continue to do that, be consistent at the club level and if he does that he’s going to be a real plus for the national team program.

“Any move Christian makes in the future, it’s important he goes to a club where he plays on a regular basis. There’s no point in him leaving Dortmund and going to a club where he doesn’t get the kind of minutes he needs to continue to develop.”

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Pulisic scored the only goal in the USMNT’s 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, which eliminated the nation from the 2018 World Cup at the qualifying stage.

While he has been linked to big moves abroad this summer, at the end of May, Pulisic’s father claimed the plan was for the teen to remain at Dortmund for the coming season. 

Outspoken, honest, and game changing—Bruce Arena’s memoir What’s Wrong with US? is available now wherever books are sold. For more information, visit https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803948/whats-wrong-with-us/.

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