Andre Schurrle has revealed that he received a text message from Jose Mourinho promising him a Premier League winners medal after the Blues secured the league title against Crystal Palace.
The German international made 14 appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring three times, before being sold to Bundesilga outfit Wolfsburg for a fee of around £22 million in the January transfer window.
Premier League rules dictate that a player must make at least five appearances in the league in order to collect a medal, however Schurrle admitted he wasn't expecting to be rewarded for his efforts in the first half of the season.
"I didn't know that I'd get a medal when I didn't play most of the second half of the season," he told BBC World Service's World Football programme.
"Jose Mourinho sent me a text to say that I'd get a medal and he asked me to come to the last game. That was very nice for me.
"I'm really happy for the boys. They played a very good second half of the season so of course, for me, it's good to get a medal but the boys did the work."
Chelsea cantered to the title, wrapping up their first league crown since 2010 with a 1-0 win against Palace on May 3. They currently sit 11 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester City with two games still to go.
Schurrle has struggled to make an impact at Wolfsburg so far, starting just seven league games and bagging one goal. Despite that the Bundesliga side are enjoying a successful campaign and are second behind Bayern Munich, who have already been crowned champions, with Champions League qualification already secure.
Wear and tear
The 24-year-old, who was part of Germany's World Cup winning squad last summer, has the chance to bag another medal before the season draws to a close too, with Wolfsburg set to take on Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 30.
Chelsea signed Schurrle for £18 million from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 upon Mourinho's return to Chelsea, however he admits playing in the World Cup before going straight in the Premier League season ultimately caused his career at Stamford Bridge to come to a premature end.
"I had the World Cup which was very perfect for me and the start of the season was good as well," he explained. "Then there came a little bit of a period for me where my body didn't feel very good, I was not clear in my head and I didn't have as many good moments for Chelsea.
"I wanted to come back to the Bundesliga, I wanted to feel a little bit more in the team and to get a bit more playing time. I love Chelsea still, I'm not frustrated, it was a great experience."
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