£18m Chelsea star on 'hard schooling' with Jose Mourinho

Andre Schurrle, Germany National Football Team

Andre Schurrle has been speaking about his relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League table and that is not wholly down to simply having an excellent first XI. The strength in depth at Chelsea is phenomenal - especially in the attacking midfield areas.

Willian, Oscar, Cesc Fabregas, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard all battle for places - with Andre Schurrle also in the mix.

The £18 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen last season has been a good signing for Chelsea. He has come on leaps and bounds since he first arrived and after a summer in which he helped his nation win the World Cup - Schurrle is now enjoying life back at Chelsea.

He has been discussing just that with Sport Bild this week. In particular he has been speaking about his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

And he admitted that while he can sometimes be a tough man to impress, that Mourinho has been very good for his development:

"I went through a hard schooling with him, he put me on the bench in my first year. But he has helped me. He has explained to me what I must do better. That I have to bring consistency in my game. I need to invade the penalty box much more often."

"The best example is Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is always where it is dangerous, where the goals are scored.

"Jose Mourinho has a different way of thinking. Another way of me playing so that sometime I get to the absolute top of the world."

Schurrle went on to discuss his manager's win at all costs attitude, stating:

"Jose Mourinho has taught me another style of play and a different way to try every day to achieve a world-class level.

"For him, it is a failure to be second, he does not know the words 'to lose. He thinks in an impressive way, you get the messages in such an impressive way.

"He challenges us to be strong on the pitch, to play as men. I feel much better since I've come to Chelsea and I have become more confident."

Schurrle is certainly looking the part for Chelsea now. While he may never get the plaudits of Hazard, Fabregas or Costa - Mourinho is turning him into a classic player who can be relied upon in the big games.

And Schurrle clearly appreciates it.

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