£18m man on Mourinho - is this why he could be key for Chelsea this season?

Andre Schurrle, Germany National Football Team

Andre Schurrle says the Blues boss provides a source of inspiration for his playing career.

The German, who provided the assist for Mario Gotze's World Cup-winning goal this summer, says he finds Chelsea training difficult but that Jose Mourinho's way with management gets him through it - and gets the best out of him.

Schurrle was signed by the west London side for £18 million last summer and enjoyed a promising debut campaign.

He was, however, mainly restricted to appearances off the bench, just as he was at the World Cup with Germany.

Perhaps his strong bond with Mourinho could change that this term.

"It’s his [Mourinho's] thinking," Schurrle told ES Magazine. "There is only one way for him and that is to win.

"And with his psychology, the way he talks… he gives that thinking to you. The hardest thing is when you feel tired in training and he’ll push you but it makes you better as a player. It’s why I wanted to play for him."

The 23-year-old is reportedly a transfer target for Atletico Madrid, who beat Chelsea in the semi-finals of last season's Champions League, but a move away from Stamford Bridge seems unlikely for now.

With Schurrle's potential - after all, last season was only his first in English football - and his seemingly healthy relationship with his Portuguese boss, there could be a bright future for him in London.

Next Monday's game against Burnley, meanwhile, could provide an indication of the role Schurrle plays for the Blues this term.

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