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Eden Hazard reveals high hopes for Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic

By James Richards

Published: 16:29, 27 July 2019

Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard has backed Christian Pulisic to become a Chelsea great in the future.

The Belgium winger called Pulisic a ‘proper player’ and has backed him to be a massive success at Stamford Bridge.

Can Pulisic become a Chelsea legend? Five key things to know…

  • The USMNT star burst on to the scene in 2016 for Dortmund
  • He scored three goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances at just 17 years of age.
  • His development has stagnated over the last couple of seasons: at Dortmund, he scored 13 and assisted 18 in 90 league appearances.
  • He joined Chelsea in January for £58m.
  • Eden Hazard has backed him to be a star of the future at Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old made his first appearance for Chelsea in the final of the Rakuten Cup, in which Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1.

It is hoped that Pulisic can fill the void left by Eden Hazard following the Belgian’s departure to Real Madrid this summer, and Hazard has backed him to be a success at Chelsea.

“[Pulisic] can be one of the best in the future for sure,” Hazard told The Associated Press.

“He can be [a star]. Now he’s at one of the best clubs in the world.

“He’s a proper player,” Hazard continued. “He can play football.”

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Can Pulisic fill Eden Hazard’s shoes?

When he arrived at Stamford Bridge, the American was quick to play down comparisons between himself and Eden Hazard.

The former Dortmund star revealed he just wants to be his own player and help the team in any way he can.

“I’m not here to compare or anything.

“Obviously Eden was amazing and he did so well for this club, as you could see last season and the whole time he’s been here. He was an incredible player.

“For me, it’s coming in as my own player, proving myself and doing the best I can to help this team,” he told Sky earlier this month.

“Right now it’s going in and helping the team whatever way I can. It’s just bringing an intensity into the training first of all and earning respect in the beginning.

“Then I want to make an impact as much as I can on the pitch.”

He could be part of a core of young players Lampard hopes will help Chelsea progress this season: Pulisic started alongside Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham in the victory over the Spanish champions.

Chelsea face Manchester United at Old Trafford in what promises to be a mouth-watering fixture on the opening day of the new campaign.