Jürgen Klopp was key in Christian Pulisic’s arrival at Borussia Dortmund, and for the past six months he has appeared intent on having the rising star winger and attacking midfielder follow him to Anfield. Dortmund, though, are loath to let him go, and a new long-term contract is in the works.
“We did not educate him to sell him,” was Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc’s blunt assessment of the situation when asked about his club’s talented young American by Sports Illustrated this week, who then went on to add that the club is eager to get Pulisic to agree a new deal.
The player’s current contract runs through 2019, meaning that Dortmund have at least a year to go before his status would begin to seem urgent. Yet such is the degree of interest in Pulisic that even one of Germany’s biggest clubs appears to already be growing nervous about their ability to hold on to him.
“There have been some offers for him in the summer from England and from German clubs,” noted Zorc, “but we would like to have him here and develop him here. We have a long-running contract until 2019, but because of his development the club is ready to speak to him to prolong his contract.”
Pulisic has had a strong start to the season for Dortmund, and while he isn’t a guaranteed starter, he is already a key first team player who has made 12 total appearances and played 785 minutes—around 65 minutes per appearance—in all competitions this season while scoring two goals and six assists.
He has also quickly become one the key players, and perhaps even the key player, for the United States Men’s National Team, whom he currently has nine senior caps and three goals for.