Christian Pulisic has explained why the summer of 2023 was the “right time” to leave Chelsea, with the USMNT star feeling “wanted” again at AC Milan.
The 24-year-old forward struggled to secure a regular starting position during a four-year stay in west London for the United States international during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He did become a history-making Champions League winner while with the Blues.
He netted 26 goals through 145 appearances, but always faced fierce competition for places while dealing with regular fitness setbacks.
However, he has told Men in Blazers of severing ties with Chelsea: “It wasn’t necessarily one moment where it hit move.
“Just over time and how the season went, with a year left on my contract, it felt like the right time to move for my career.
“At the end of the day, this move felt like a no-brainer.”
Pulisic took the decision to leave England when Serie A giants Milan came calling, with a €22 million (£19m/$24m) transfer completed.
On his reasons for heading to Italy, the talented winger said: “I spoke with the directors, I was also on a call with the coach [Pioli].
“You want to get a good feel and feel like you’re wanted.
“Everyone at the club made me feel like that, they gave me a really good feeling before even setting foot here.”
Pulisic has also revealed that he contacted Olivier Giroud, Fikayo Tomori and Ruben Loftus-Cheek before committing to a big move – with there plenty of familiar faces waiting for him at San Siro.
He added: “I spoke to all of the ex-Chelsea players, they told me the ins and outs of the club and honestly they all spoke really highly of it.
“They all made it sound like it was a great opportunity for me.
“I trusted them and they’ve helped so much with the transition as well.”