Andre Schürrle: Jose Mourinho was a big influence in Chelsea move

Andre Schürrle reveals that Jose Mourinho played a large part in convincing him to join Chelsea this summer

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

Andre Schürrle has revealed that Jose Mourinho played a large part in convincing him to join Chelsea this summer after the forward completed a £18m move to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen.

Chelsea confirmed the signing of the 22-year-old, who scored 11 goals and made six assists in 34 top-flight appearances for Leverkusen last season, on Monday after being continuously linked with the Germany international.

Schürrle is Mourinho’s first signing since the Portuguese coach penned a four-year deal to return as Chelsea boss earlier this month.

And the player admits that he was flattered to be personally approached by the 50-year-old before the deal was confirmed.

“Mourinho has a great personality and is just a cool guy,” Schurrle is quoted as saying by Metro. “He was a big influence in my move.

“He gave me a handshake when we were at Michael Ballack’s testimonial game, and said ‘it’s OK, soon you’ll be with me’. It gave me a lot of pride and was a great feeling.”

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