Frank Lampard has insisted Christian Pulisic fully deserves to don Chelsea’s number 10 shirt this season.
While in an interview with NBC’s Inside The Mind, the Blues’ boss revealed that he personally called the former Borussia Dortmund forward to break the news.
The attacker enjoyed a mixed debut campaign at Stamford Bridge with injuries limiting his impact, although made 34 appearances in all competitions with 11 goals and 10 assists to his name.
Pulisic, who wore number 22 last season, has now been given the number 10 shirt after Willian left for Arsenal.
“I wanted him to have it because I felt like he deserved it, and he wanted it,” Lampard said.
“When he came last year, Willian was almost the man in waiting to take the number 10 shirt and I think it was right he took it with his experience.
“When it became open, I think what Christian delivered in his first year more than warranted that he gets the shirt and what it means.”
Lampard and his men travel to Brighton on Monday, in their Premier League clash of the new season.
The Chelsea boss will be under immense pressure to prove the splashing of over £200m in this summer transfer market.