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Christian Pulisic admits he has been hurt at finding himself left out as the £58m winger struggles to adapt to life at Chelsea.
The 21-year-old has started just three Premier League games this season and did not even make the bench for Chelsea’s Champions League win over Lille last week.
Pulisic said: “I want to be starting, I want to be starting every game. I’m working hard in training, I want to be there, I hope everyone can see that, so with moments like this I hope I can make a case for myself.
“Of course (it was difficult to be left out at Lille). You want to play, be on the field and be in the team as much as you can and it hurt not to be there but I’m happy I got my opportunity at Southampton.
“Culture-wise, it’s been easier to settle than it was in Germany to be honest. From the football side, I guess you could say that. Obviously, I haven’t been getting as many minutes as I would like. I will just keep going, keep pushing. I know my time’s going to come.
“I’m not just going to throw a fit and give up ever, so if I’m on the bench it doesn’t mean the gaffer doesn’t think I’m a part of the team, I’ve just got to keep pushing and earn my spot.”