Andre Schurrle was interested in a Chelsea move if Bayer Leverkusen had accepted an offer from the Blues for his services. "I don't think you would find any player in the Bundesliga who would say that they would not at all be interested," Schurrle said.
"Chelsea would have been very interesting for me. You don't get a chance like that very often in your life."
However, Schurrle, who only joined Leverkusen a year ago from Mainz, respects the club's decision.
"(Director of sport) Rudi Voller has explained the reasoning to me several times," he told Kicker magazine.
"They could not find a suitable replacement and I am too important to Bayer."
"I can imagine the fans will see me with different eyes now," he added. "If I play two or three bad games, then it could be difficult for me."