Christian Pulisic rejected a move to Manchester United because his father “couldn’t stand” Jose Mourinho, according to the Chelsea forward’s former coach.
Pulisic agreed a £57.7million move to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund in January but remained on loan with the Bundesliga club until the end of last term.
The USA international has kept in touch with his former youth coach at non-League Brackley Town, Robin Walker, since leaving in 2006.
And Walker has revealed that Pulisic didn’t fancy a move to United – who he was linked with before his move to Stamford Bridge – due to Mourinho.
“I’m a Chelsea fan, I grew up in London supporting them,” Walker told The Telegraph.
“When I was in Dortmund last year, I told him that he had to come. He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho. His father couldn’t stand Mourinho, because he didn’t promote young players.
“It was at that point I asked: ‘What about London? That’s where it’s at.’ I was trying to sell the city.
“His agent agreed, saying: ‘When you make these decisions, it’s all about investment and property.’ I was delighted that he did sign.”