Since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager at the end of January, Pulisic has started just one game and has struggled for playing time during the team’s impressive run of results.
Earlier this week, reports claimed that Manchester United and Liverpool are monitoring the 22-year-old’s situation and could make a move this summer if he becomes available.
But Tuchel has stressed that the United States international is an ‘important player’ for Chelsea.
When asked if he will stand in Pulisic’s way if he asks to leave Chelsea, Tuchel replied: ‘A lot of ‘ifs’ in your question. If he starts tomorrow, if he does brilliantly, if he starts again against Atletico, and if he scores two goals… maybe he’s the captain next year of our squad [laughs].
‘I know what you mean but this is too far ahead. We have so many games and he is in my plans.
‘He is an important player, and he has the potential to be decisive for us from the bench and as a beginner, is it necessary he can improve it? Yes. And this is my job. And his job is to be ready like everybody else.
‘And when it comes the moment you have to be ready, this is what you sign up for at a club like Chelsea. There’s no difference between Christian and anybody else.’
Asked how Pulisic has reacted to being asked to be patient for his chance at Chelsea, Tuchel replied: ‘I hope so. When you sign and play for Chelsea this is the part of the job description as a player to be patient and impatient at the same time.
Impatient because all of my players are competitors all of them wants to play every single minute and this is what they all show every day, the hunger and desire and this is what Christian shows.
In the beginning he was a bit unlucky because we know how much of an impact he can have when he comes from the bench and we use this power and strength from him.
When it was possible for him to start around Sheffield [United] and Barnsley game he was one game unavailable, the other game came a bit too soon in the cup game against Barnsley, it was a difficult game for him, so it was not too easy.
In the end it’s the quality of the players that shines on the pitch if you turn it around it’s the duty of the players to show up and to really earn that they play and this is what Christian does.
So it can happen any minute in any game and at some point it’s just this I have nothing to complain, I feel in the last days [it’s been] very positive and doing the best out of his situation and this is what he can do.