Andre Schurrle has revealed the real reason why he decided to leave Chelsea after claiming that he did not feel the complete backing of Jose Mourinho, despite the fact the Portuguese tactician wanted the Germany international to sty in west London.
Goal.com carries quotes attributed to the 2014 World Cup winner which are taken from an interview with Kicker magazine, intimating that the Blues boss failed to give the 24-year-old enough reassurances that he would remain an important part of first-team plans moving forward.
Schurrle is adamant that his 18-month stint with the Premier League champions does not go down as a failure, despite admitting that the opportunity to return to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in January was too good to turn down.
The former Bayer Leverkusen ace arrived at Chelsea in an £18 million deal in the summer of 2013, but failed to ever fully establish himself in the starting XI, which caused Schurrle to grow increasingly frustrated about his lack of regular action.
"I definitely did not fail at Chelsea," he reflected. "I always had my chance, scored important goals in the first season.
"At the end I just wanted the transfer, although Jose Mourinho wanted me to stay. But I did not feel the complete backing."
Schurrle is one of a number of high-profile players to have left Chelsea in the past couple of seasons and gone on to enjoy much more success away from the club, with Belgian winger Kevin de Bruyne enjoying similar success in the German top-flight at the Volkswagen Arena.
Mourinho has been criticised by a small section of supporters after seemingly failing to give these types of players a chance to prove themselves, but the 52-year-old's decision making shouldn't be questioned too much seeing as he's just delivered the domestic title after a five-year absence.
The arrival of players like Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa last summer played an integral role in the Blues ascent to the top of the Premier League table, and that meant that certain stars - like Schurrle - had to be sacrificed to balance the books in this new era that's governed by Financial Fair Play.
At the end of the day, Chelsea are stronger without their vast array of departed players regardless of how well they've performed at their new clubs, so Chelsea fans should trust Mourinho's judgement.
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