What an incredible year it has been for Andre Schurrle. After playing a starring role off the substitute’s bench in the triumphant German World Cup-winning side, the winger got a big money move back to his native country with Wolfsburg.
Schurrle started the season in the Chelsea starting eleven in their first game against Burnley, but was sold in January due to a lack of game-time and sheer tiredness.
The German star had gone straight from the World Cup and back to London to start his pre-season without any sort of holiday. It was enough to end his Chelsea career as the Blues could not make-do with any passengers in their quest to regain the Premier League title.
The move to Wolfsburg has seen him freshen up back home and help his new side to reach the German Cup final, where they will face Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, back at Chelsea, Juan Cuadrado was bought for big money from Fiorentina as Schurrle’s replacement.
To add to his roll of honour, Schurrle has been offered the chance to come back and claim a Premier League winners' medal by Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea have swept to title glory in the English top-flight and despite figuring in just 14 games before packing his bags for pastures new, the 24-year-old forward will see the part he played in that success recognised.
Schurrle told the BBC, “I didn't know that I'd get a medal when I didn't play most of the second half of the season.
"Jose Mourinho sent me a text to say that I'd get a medal and he asked me to come to the last game. That was very nice for me.
"I'm really happy for the boys. They played a very good second half of the season so of course, for me, it's good to get a medal but the boys did the work.”
It is a fantastic gesture from the Chelsea boss, who is determined to reward every single player who has contributed to their phenomenal season, in which they have only lost twice in the Premier League.