Andre Schurrle has opened up about how much he is enjoying being back home after spending his first year outside of Germany with Chelsea.
The forward joined the Blues from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, becoming one of the first signings under Jose Mourinho's second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.
He experienced relative success at Stamford Bridge, scoring 10 goals in all competitions and will now travel to Brazil for his first World Cup campaign.
Before then, however, Schurrle has been able to enjoy some home comforts following an arduous season abroad. The 23-year-old has revealed that there is nothing quite like returning home after a long absence.
"My mother is cooking my favourite dishes such as schnitzel with mashed potatoes," he told Bild.
"I feel safe with my parents. When I am in Ludwigshafen, I dwell mostly in my old room. I know the area, my buddy, my friends. And "Hotel Mama" is just the best.
"My mother then takes me from everything - make food, laundry.
"In London I have even a cleaning lady, but that is not the same."
Having spent a year living in London earning £70,000-a-week, anyone would expect that Schurrle would have settled to life in England's capital. But the Germany international admits he has been put off of buying a property because of the high prices.
"I am still looking for a suitable property," he told the German daily. "In London, prices are constantly rising, but it really makes little sense to constantly pay the high rents."