Schurrle admits Ballack pushed him to make Chelsea move

Andre Schurrle admits former Bayer Leverkusen teammate Michael Ballack convinced him about moving to Chelsea.

Andre Schurrle admits former Bayer Leverkusen teammate Michael Ballack convinced him about moving to Chelsea.

Having seen a move to Chelsea fall through a year ago, Schurrle is delighted he took the advice of former Blues star Ballack, whom he played with at Leverkusen.

“Michael Ballack told me, all the time, that Chelsea is a great club, with great people, like a big family,” said Schurrle.

“He told me that, if I had to change, then I had to make this move to Chelsea.

“I always hoped the move to Chelsea would happen. It took a long time. I wanted to come last year, but it didn’t work out. It wasn’t my decision, it was the decision of Leverkusen. They didn’t want to let me go and I had to make the best of the situation.

“It was a missed opportunity, but I said to myself that I had to do my best in every single match and it would come at another time – and so it was. Now, I’m very happy to be here.

“I was confident I would still get this move. When it was clear Jose Mourinho was coming, the first thing I heard was that he wanted me, too. That was really good.”

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