Christian Pulisic talked in Wednesday’s edition of Sport Bild about his future at BVB and season objectives. Here is our translation.
Mr. Pulisic. At only 18 years of age, you are already a huge star in the United States. When do you think you will be at that level in Europe?
“I don’t think that far ahead. My next goal is to be consistent in my play. Last season at Dortmund, I established myself with a top club (Borussia Dortmund). That was my dream since I was a young kid. ”
Do you see your future in Dortmund? The interest from Liverpool FC holds firm, and there were rumours recently of a possible transfer to play for former BVB manager Jürgen Klopp.
“Yes, I read this as well. What can I say about it? I am focused on the start of the season, plain and simple. I am not interested in a transfer to another club at this time. I also extended my contract earlier this year until 2020. I am very happy at Dortmund.”
Which position do you feel most comfortable playing? Are you more comfortable on the wing or in the centre?
“I don’t have a preferred position. I am very comfortable playing both on the wing and from the centre. I think offensively, I am very flexible. Peter Bosz sees me ideally playing on the wing, I can’t argue with that. ”
It’s said that you are faster than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first 20 meters?
“Auba is fast, yes. But I am also fast.”
Are there other similarities? We haven’t seen you in such colourful outfits as Aubameyang yet
“I am one of the more quiet players on our team. But, I do like Auba’s style. Maybe I can wear something like that in a few years. I think it is good when people are open about the things they like.”
Does it make you proud to know that you are the greatest hope for the United States when it comes to football?
“Football is known to not be the most popular sport in the U.S. but the popularity is certainly on the rise. It would be great if I can do my part in inspiring kids to play football.”
At the moment you are by yourself in Dortmund. Your oldest cousin Will moved back to the U.S. Is everything caving in on you now?
“No, most definitely not. Dortmund is a great city and has been my second home for a while. The people here really support me. And I don’t live alone, of course, I share a commune with my teammate Jacob Bruun Larsen.”
You recently revealed that you are learning to cook. What is your speciality?
“Without question, my tacos. Jacob will already be sitting at the table and can hardly wait to be served. He thinks they are delicious. I must admit though, I did get the recipe from my mother.”
Your father still calls you “Figo” after your idol. What do your teammates call you?
“A lot of them call me Chris. I don’t really care for that name I must say. Christian is great don’t you think? That name is too long for my teammates though.”
The original interview appeared in Sport Bild on August 16, 2017.