Wolfsburg midfielder Andre Schurrle claims Jose Mourinho wanted him to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea, but his desire to secure more regular first-team football forced him out of Stamford Bridge in January.
The World Cup winning Germany international spoke positively about his experience in west London, however remains adamant he made the right decision to pursue a new adventure back in the Bundesliga.
Schurrle is a self-confessed Blues supporter, and will continue to follow the Premier League leaders in the future, but is now fully focused on giving his all for his new employers following a £24 million move to the Volkswagen Arena in the mid-season window.
"I have been a Chelsea fan ever since I was a kid and I felt well there right until the last day," he explained in an interview with German newspaper Bild. "But the most important thing for me is playing football and enjoying myself. This was no longer the case.
"Wolfsburg might be a smaller club when you look at reputations and I thought about it long and hard. I could have stayed at Chelsea. [Jose] Mourinho told me that I would get my chance.
"You have to make a decision, though, and in the end I only wanted to play football again. Germany coach Joachim Low told me it would be a great move for me and that is why Wolfsburg are a step forward for me.
"Wolfsburg have a great team as well and can play for silverware in the Bundesliga and in Europe."
Schurrle has made a positive start to life under Dieter Hecking, playing in victories against Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen which have further cemented Wolfsburg's place in second spot in the table.
With an eight point cushion between themselves and Borussia Monchengladbach in third, The Wolves have a strong chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season, which would help justify the German's return to his homeland after choosing to cut short his spell in England after just 18 months.
A lack of fitness and form affected Schurrle's chances for regular game-time at Chelsea, with just five Premier League starts handed to the former Bayer Leverkusen man in the first half of 2014/15.
Still, Blues fans will look back fondly on the attacking midfielder's overall contribution after scoring nine goals in 46 appearances in all competitions, with his tireless work-rate drawing plenty of plaudits.
Juan Cuadrado was brought in to replace Schurrle, arriving from Fiorentina in a £26.8 million deal right at the end of the January window. However, the Colombian winger has not yet had much opportunity to show what he can do.
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