Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has assured Christian Pulisic is in his plans but is responsible to force himself into the main fold.
The American start has been reduced to a mere squad player since Tuchel arrived in London to replace Frank Lampard in January, which soon caught the attention of top Premier League teams.
Speaking to the media ahead of facing Leeds this weekend and Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions early next week, Tuchel was asked about the player’s uncertain future at the club.
"If he starts tomorrow, if he does brilliantly and if he starts against Atletico and if he scores two goals, then maybe he is the captain next season,” Tuchel said via Goal.
“I know what you mean but this is too far ahead.
"We have so many games and he is in my plans. He is an important player and has the potential to be decisive for us off the bench.
"His job is to be ready like everybody else and when the moment comes, he has to be ready. This is what you sign up for at a club like Chelsea. There is no difference between Christian or anybody else.
"When you sign and play for Chelsea, it is part of the job description of a player to be impatient and patient at the same time. Impatient because all of my players are competitors and want to play every single minute, and this is what they all show every day, the hunger and the desire. This is what Christian shows,” the German concluded.
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old former Borussia Dortmund star has emerged on the radar of European superclubs like Bayern Munich, PSG, Manchester United and Liverpool.