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Frank Lampard says he is looking at ‘the big picture’ with regards to Christian Pulisic’s development at Chelsea, with the American international struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old joined from Borussia Dortmund in a £58 million (€64m/$73m) deal over the summer, but has only played 90 minutes for the Blues on two occasions – against Sheffield United and Grimsby.

With Callum Hudson-Odoi returning to fitness to present another obstacle to a first-team spot, there had even been rumours that Pulisic could be sent out on loan in the January transfer window.

But, when asked about such suggestions, Lampard replied simply: “No.”

“With Christian, he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here,” he added.

“I said it before the last game, I always have a problem with who to pick. 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.”

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

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