Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Andre Schurrle that he must “bulk up” if wants to win back his first-team place, according to reports.
Schurrle, 24, made 30 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season but has seen his opportunities limited during his second term at the club, having started just five top-flight games so far.
After scoring in the December Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon, the German World Cup-winner revealed that an undiagnosed illness had contributed to his poor form, but he has still remained a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge over the festive period.
Mourinho gave the forward a chance to make his mark in the recent fixtures against Southampton and Watford, but his lacklustre performances saw him hauled off at half-time on both occasions.
Recent rumous have linked Schurrle with a move in the winter transfer window but, despite his underwhelming showings in recent months, Mourinho is understood to be keen to keep him in west London for the moment.
Signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2013 for £18 million, Schurrle has certainly proven in the past that he has all the tools to succeed at Chelsea, but how he performs over the remainder of the campaign could determine his future at the club.