Chelsea star Andre Schurrle has spoken of the advice given to him by former player Michael Ballack when he first joined the club.
The German international arrived from Leverkusen in the summer of 2013 for a reported €21 million transfer fee and has gone on to play a major role in the Blues’ development under boss Jose Mourinho.
A number of German players have represented the Blues over the years but of the most celebrated in recent times is goalscoring midfielder Michael Ballack - a player Schurrle labels as his idol.
The two played together for a season at Bayer Leverkusen in 2011, striking up a friendship off the pitch which remains today.
Speaking to Adidas Football over the weekend, Schurrle reveals that Ballack has kept track of his Chelsea career to date and explains what advice the former Bayern Munich star gave him when moving to Stamford Bridge.
“I’m still in contact with him [Ballack]. He was always my idol when I was young, we’re still in contact and he messages me and congratulates me when something is good or when I need to do something better.”
“When I came here he said to me that I can’t hide, that I need to show myself and that I don’t need to hide from the big names.”
Described as an extremely effective player on the counter with a good movement and finishing skills, Schurrle has often been used as a winger or second striker under Mourinho to good effect.
Since moving to Stamford Bridge, he has made a total of 47 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals.