Andre Schurrle has revealed that he wanted to stay at Chelsea last month rather than move away from the club, following his deadline-day switch to VfL Wolfsburg.
The winger had fallen behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian in the Stamford Bridge pecking order, and with Juan Cuadrado’s arrival imminent he knew that first team opportunities were going to get even harder to come by.
Yet despite the fact that he consented to moving to Wolfsburg to the tune of £24 million, the 24-year-old has insisted that he was initially keen on staying in west London, as relayed by the Daily Express.
Schurrle wanted stay
"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," the 24-year-old 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."
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Indeed it was with a degree of surprise that fans became accustomed to seeing Schurrle confined to substitute appearances this season. His consistent performances since his £18 million arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 were met with praise from the stands, and it was his cross that led to Mario Gotze’s World Cup-winning goal in Brazil last summer.
However the transfer speculation surrounding the transfer of Cuadrado was more than just fanciful gossip, and it became clear as the January window entered its final stages that the Colombia international was set to move to Stamford Bridge.
As such both Schurrle and Mohamed Salah were forced to look elsewhere for regular game-time, with the latter heading to Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season.
Though it’s not definitely the end of his career with the Blues, Salah’s future now largely depends upon how he fares in Florence. The Egyptian has found it impossible to make an impact in Jose Mourinho’s fold since arriving from FC Basel, and with the attacking options The Special One has at his disposal he’ll have to do something remarkable to capture the required attention to stake a first-team place.
Life in the Bundesliga
As for Schurrle he finds himself now competing for the Bundesliga title rather than the Premier League, with Wolfsburg considered the only real threat to Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich this term.
The shock 4-1 win over their Bavarian counterparts at the weekend has closed the gap at the top of the table for Die Wolfe, although eight points still separate them from first place.