Schurrle sad to leave Chelsea

Andre Schurrle has admitted that he did not want to leave Chelsea, but is looking forward to gaining regular first-team action at new club Wolfsburg, Sky Sports has reported.

The 24-year-old left in a £24.1m transfer in order to make way for Juan Cuadrado, who made a big-money move to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina. Schurrle found opportunities hard to come by at Chelsea this season despite helping Germany to World Cup success last summer.

With Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian preferred as the attacking midfield trio to play behind the lone striker. Of his 22 outings in 2014-15, 10 have come as a substitute, with most of his starts coming in the cup competitions. Overall he made 65 appearances for the Blues in a season and-a-half, scoring 14 goals.

Despite his lack of playing time, Schurrle was not keen on a move away from Chelsea until the final few days of the January transfer window when it became apparent that manager Jose Mourinho was willing to let him leave.

Discussing his time at Chelsea, he said: “I wanted to stay but the last weeks or last month I tended towards changing something because I wanted to do what is fun for me and that is to play football. I could only do it briefly at Chelsea in the past weeks.”

“I think I had a good time with Chelsea. My first season was very good, then there was the World Cup. I was a starter at the beginning of the season until an illness moved me behind. But the team continued to win so yes… I am still confident and know what I can do.

“I am not here in Wolfsburg to sneak over the pitch seeking my form. I am highly motivated and will try everything I can to help the team immediately.”

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