The German international winger departed Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day, with his exit paving the way for the signing of Juan Cuadrado.
Having started the season in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI - and scoring in the opening Premier League game of the season - it was a surprise to see the World Cup winner drop out of the first-team plans, and ending his Chelsea career with just 23 appearances this term. His situation became especially bad in the latter weeks of his stay at Stamford Bridge, as he made just two Premier League appearances - totalling 60 minutes of football - from Christmas Day until he left the club.
Although his season was not the success that many would have expected, he is held in high regard in West London, and the club did exceptionally well to secure a £24 million fee for him from Wolfsburg, as per the Guardian.
On his return to the Bundesliga, having left Bayer Leverkusen to join Chelsea in 2013, Schurrle registered an assist three minutes into his Wolfsburg debut, and also came close to scoring as the club overcame Hoffenheim to keep pace with league leaders Bayern Munich. He returns to his former club Leverkusen on Saturday, and he held an interview with their official site to talk about his move to Wolfsburg.
When asked why he left Chelsea, Schurrle responded openly, and admitted that he had lost the fun of playing football with the Blues.
The 24-year-old said: “I had a brilliant time in London that I would never have wanted to miss it. My first season went very well and I played in a lot of important games but I was disappointed to get so little time on the pitch before Christmas.
“I wasn’t able to do what makes me happy and that’s play football. Therefore it was easy to decide to change things in the winter break to rediscover the fun. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible any more at Chelsea.
“It became clear to me very quickly that I wanted to go back to the Bundesliga. When VfL made the first enquiry it was obvious to me that Wolfsburg was right for me.”