'I practice English by speaking to the dog' - £18m Chelsea star

Andre Schurrle Germany

Andre Schurrle has revealed a few facts about how he has settled down in London.

Chelsea snapped up Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen for £18 million back in June last year and the German winger has gone on to become a vital member of the Chelsea first-team squad.

His excellent performances have not just been at club level, but also on the international scene.

Schurrle helped Germany win the World Cup in the summer, playing a role as an impact sub and scoring three goals.

He is now a well established member of the Chelsea team and a firm fan favourite, even if Jose Mourinho has recently given him the thumbs down for a lack of defensive work, he is working hard to make his game complete.

Of course another part of his move to Chelsea is how to blend into his new surroundings. He moved to London at a young age, he was only 22 when he signed last season, so he has had to settle into his new life fast.

He has been speaking to Merker-Online this weekend, revealing how he has settled in to London life, and what has changed in his 18 months in England.

He stated:

"I realized that I'm changing, I am an adult. When you're young, you want to constantly do something - now I am also quite happy when I am at home with my girlfriend and our dog and we have some peace.

"My girlfriend is German-Canadian, but my English is better than her German. Also I speak English to the dog. It is a good exercise."

An amusing anecdote on how this popular attacker has settled into English life.

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