Andre Schurrle revealed in his blog on www.sportupyourlife.com that he wanted to stay at Chelsea right up until his last day at the club when Wolfsburg came in for his signature.
On February 2nd, the BBC reported the German international had made the £22 million move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg after one and a half years with the Blues. He became Jose Mourinho’s first signing for Chelsea following his return to the club, but only featured largely from the bench.
Nevertheless, he was held in high regard by the Chelsea fans who, by and large, were disappointed to see him go.
Writing in his blog, the 24-year-old revealed that he was comfortable at Chelsea and had no plans to leave the club until his very last day.
‘I felt comfortable at Chelsea,’ Schurrle wrote. ‘Even when I had less playing time, I wanted to come back in the second half of the season strong. However, then came the serious interest from Wolfsburg and I questioned my situation again.’
He added: 'Jogi Löw [German national manager] also encouraged me to take this step - for me the change is therefore a step forward. However, I felt comfortable at Chelsea until the last day and think I had a good time in London. I have developed as a player and person.’
Did Chelsea make the right decision allowing Schurrle to leave to effectively bring in Juan Cuadrado?
On paper, and in price tag, both players are very similar but only time will tell whether one is better than the other.
The German international has made a good start to life in the Bundesliga, while Cuadrado is still trying to find his feet at Chelsea despite already having a won a trophy for the club.
Schurrle was a good servant for the Blues and was often invaluable as a goalscorer off the bench, as proven on numerous occasions. However, Cuadrado will no doubt have higher ambitions than becoming an impact sub for Mourinho’s side but will no doubt need to bide his time in order to prove his ability.
Blues fans will hope the Colombian will be better than Schurrle in the long-term, but until both have been given time to settle at their new clubs then it’s too close to call.