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'I would love to': Jesse Marsch admits he wants to get to know £58m reported Leeds target better
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'I would love to': Jesse Marsch admits he wants to get to know £58m reported Leeds target better

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch says he would love to get to know Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic better.

Leeds have actually been linked with signing the American wideman, and already have his countrymen Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson on their books. 

Speaking to GiveMeSport in August, journalist Dean Jones said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if Leeds were to try their luck on it, but I just can’t see Christian Pulisic going for it, even with Jesse Marsch there, it’s not the level of football that he moved to England to be playing.

“Going from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea, that’s a clear pathway to becoming one of the best players in your position in the world, and to then move on to Leeds, I don’t think that’s really what he’s got in mind at the moment.”

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Marsch on Pulisic

In a piece for the Athletic, Marsch wrote: “For the U.S. in this World Cup, that will be the big question: where are the goals coming from? Maybe the answer is a simple one: Pulisic. One of the most difficult things for me is I don’t know Christian well enough.

“With Christian, I don’t know him well enough, and I’ve said in the past that I would love to get to know him more because I can see that there’s so much potential there. But I often wonder how to tap into it, truly.

“If we look at what Christian can bring, he’s best in space. So in transition moments and when he can be on the run and use his combination of agility and speed and technical ability, that’s when he’s able to be at his best.

“That feeds more into the games where the U.S. are able to be a little bit more in pressing phases and are in more transition phases. We could see more of that in the England game. If Pulisic can do that, the U.S. will be far more dangerous.”

Marsch has already told Leeds’ website he wants to manage Pulisic one day, either at club or international level.

The £58 million man has struggled to impress Graham Potter at Chelsea so far, and a move might be what he needs to get back playing regularly.

A good World Cup would offer a reminder of his quality and what he can do, but if he does not do well, he could look to move in January.

A move to Leeds would look a good fit on paper, with a manager who is clearly a fan and wants to get to know him better, if the Whites could convince him to drop out of the Champions League.

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