Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has responded to RB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch following his comments that he never rated Christian Pulisic during his early days at the club.
The American took time before finally breaking into the Blues team last season, after completing a £58 million move from Borussia Dortmund.
The winger however settled in well and became a key player for Lampard before and after the football break as a result of COVID-19, before an injury against Arsenal in the FA Cup final halted his progress.
He has however returned to action and scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday night against Krasnodar in the Champions League.
"I did read the comments and I was surprised that Jesse had managed to read my mind as well as he thought he did," he responded to the question regarding Jesse's comments.
"He’s recounted the conversation wrong so I have to put it correct. It was a game against Salzburg in pre-season where Christian scored two goals and I spoke to Jesse after about what a talented player he was and how exciting it was to see how he could develop for us with the talent he has. That was the conversation and Jesse managed to put it across slightly differently,"
"I played in America for 18 months and I would never underestimate the desire that American players have to learn and improve and take on information and understand the technical side of the game. When you have that, which Christian has, along with incredible talent, it was never in doubt for me,"