Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insisted Christian Pulisic is in his plans despite the lack of minutes as he pleaded with the winger to remain patient.
The 22-year-old has yet to start in any Premier League game under Tuchel so far.
Tuchel already admitted that he has been a bit unfair on Pulisic, but a recent report from Fabrizio Romano (via Here We Go Podcast) suggests the player could push for a Chelsea exit if the situation continues.
The German boss has now responded to questions over the rumour.
“I hope so [that Pulisic will be patient],” he said during his press conference ahead of the Leeds United game on Friday.
“When you sign and play for Chelsea, it is part of the job description as 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.
“At the same time, when you are not selected by the coach, you have to be patient and not to lose confidence, to be ready any time.”
Tuchel explained that in the beginning, Pulisic was unlucky because he personally knows the impact the American could offer from the bench.
But then Pulisic struggled with injury issues.
Tuchel also said Pulisic has shown that he deserves to play and he might make the starting line-up soon.
“We have so many games, he is in my plans and an important player,” he added.
“He has the potential to be decisive for us from the bench and as a [starter].
“Yes, he can improve — that is my job [to help him] — and his job is to be ready like everybody else.
“There is no difference between Christian and everybody else.”