Mourinho wanted to keep me at Chelsea, insists Schurrle

Andre Schurrle felt he had to leave Chelsea for Wolfsburg in order to earn more first-team opportunities.

Andre Schurrle has revealed that Jose Mourinho wanted to keep him at Chelsea before his winter transfer to Wolfsburg, TalkSport have reported.

Schurrle, 24, scored nine goals in 46 total appearances during his first season after arriving from Leverkusen in the summer of 2013 for £18 million, with his tireless work rate endearing him to the club’s supporters.

However, after returning from a successful World Cup campaign in the summer, the 42-times capped attacker earned just five Premier League starts over the first half of this campaign amid form and fitness issues, before making the £24 million switch back to the Bundesliga.

A Chelsea fan even before his transfer to Stamford Bridge due to his idol Michael Ballack, Schurrle has stressed that it was a far from straightforward decision to leave after just 18 months in west London, but the chance of regular first-team minutes won out in the end.

"I have been a Chelsea fan ever since I was a kid and I felt well there right until the last day,” he is quoted as telling Bild. “But the most important thing for me is playing football and enjoying myself. This was no longer the case.

"Wolfsburg might be a smaller club when you look at reputations and I thought about it long and hard. I could have stayed at Chelsea. Mourinho told me that I would get my chance.

"You have to make a decision, though, and in the end I only wanted to play football again. Germany coach Joachim Low told me it would be a great move for me and that is why Wolfsburg are a step forward for me.

"Wolfsburg have a great team as well and can play for silverware in the Bundesliga and in Europe."

Schurrle has since started both of Wolfsburg’s Bundesliga matches following the league’s winter break, with consecutive wins keeping the club eight points behind table-toppers Bayern Munich in second-place.

While the subsequent arrival of Juan Cuadrado would have deemed him surplus to requirements at Chelsea, he is at least now back on a team where he stands to be among the main men.

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