Andre Schürrle: It’ll be an ‘honour’ to play for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

Andre Schürrle is relishing the chance to work under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea after signing a five-year contract with the Blues

Andre Schurrle
Andre Schürrle scored 11 league goals last season Photo: Michael Kranewitter/Wikimedia

Andre Schürrle is relishing the chance to work under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea next season after the Germany international penned a five-year contract with the Blues on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge and his move to west London was confirmed earlier this month when Chelsea agreed a fee of around £18m with Bayer Leverkusen.

And the forward, who has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Germany, is thrilled to have the chance to prove himself in the English top flight and described the opportunity to play under Mourinho as an “honour”.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him [Mourinho],” Schürrle told Chelsea’s wesbsite. “I got to know him at Michael Ballack’s testimonial a few weeks ago where we talked a little bit.

“He gave me advice on where to live and also explained what he expects from me. He’s a very good person with a big personality – he’s a great manager so it’s an absolute honour for me to now be one of his players.”

Schürrle, who scored 11 goals and made six assists in 34 top-flight appearances for Leverkusen last season, also backed Chelsea to challenge for the top honours next season after their third-place finish in the Premier League in 2012-13 and Europa League triumph.

He continued: “Yes, of course [Chelsea can challenge for the Premier League and Champions League next season]. I think we have a great team with some very talented young players. We can all improve ourselves, and under Jose Mourinho I’m confident we can have a really great season.

“For this club, winning titles is always the main objective. We have a great young team with so much quality. We are capable of doing well in the Premier League, Champions League and the cup competitions as well, and I hope to play a big part.

“I saw lots of Chelsea last season, I wanted to come here so I think I watched every single Chelsea game. They finished the season very strongly – finishing third was very important for the club, qualifying for the Champions League without having to go through the qualifiers, so the last month in particular was very good.”

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