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Chelsea find Christian Pulisic ‘replacement’ in Bayern’s Kingsley Coman

Chelsea could act on doubts over the future of Christian Pulisic by furthering interest in Kingsley Coman of Bayern Munich following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.

The German admitted this week that the time he spent with the United States international at Borussia Dortmund could harm his chance of regular starts – because he values his impact from the bench.

But that isn’t likely to please the 22-year-old, who had been tipped to become a first-team regular on his return from injury by former boss Frank Lampard.

Pulisic has started not started in any of Tuchel’s nine games as a Premier League manager, and has been left out entirely twice and was an unused substitute against Newcastle.

The Daily Mail have reported that should Pulisic push for a move this summer, Coman of Bayern Munich could end up being his replacement at Stamford Bridge.

They state that the Blues are long-term admirers of the France international winger, who might have joined the club last year if Callum Hudson-Odoi had moved on.

In addition, Coman has openly expressed a desire to play in England in the past.

The 24-year-old, who scored the only goal in last season’s Champions League final win over PSG, has scored on 39 occasions since his initial loan from Juventus across 188 outings.

Coman, who joined the Old Lady from PSG in 2014, has miraculously won nine league titles in a row across Europe, as well as 13 cup trophies in that same period.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of Coman in December: "Kingsley is an absolute top player today, and is extremely valuable for FC Bayern.

"He often makes the difference, just when it counts the most. Kingsley is not for sale."

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  • With Tuchel saying of Pulisic: “I can say nothing else but good things about him. Maybe his biggest problem is that I know him from Dortmund and I think he started only in the cup games.

    “It is my responsibility and it is a bit unfair but I know what impact he can have in the last 20 or 30 minutes. He was a bit unlucky in the last few games.

    “It isn't a lack of trust or quality, it is just that he will have to be patient. I have another guy who I would love to mention in Emerson who suffers from bad decisions by me.”

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