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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has spread light on Christian Pulisic’s imminent future at Chelsea.

The American international, who joined from Borussia Dortmund this summer, has found playing time hard to come by after being kept out of the starting XI by the likes of Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount.

When asked whether he could be loaned out in January, the Englishman replied with a flat ‘no’.

Lampard rules out January move for Pulisic

“I said it before the last game, I always have a problem who to pick and people make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing and everyone is the same,” Lampard said.

“With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young.”

“Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on a match day, and all the players are the same there.”

“It is [easy to forget his age]. You can look beyond that because he came through at a very young age at Dortmund and huge credit to him for that. It’s amazing to come through that. He was playing at a top level team at Dortmund.”

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