Andre Schürrle: Michael Ballack played a part in Chelsea move

Chelsea midfielder Andre Schürrle reveals former Blues star Michael Ballack convinced the German to move to Stamford Bridge

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Andre Schürrle has revealed former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack encouraged the German to move to Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old attacker signed a five-year contract with the Blues after Chelsea agreed a fee of around £18m with Bayer Leverkusen in June.

The Germany international acknowledged ex-Leverkusen captain Ballack played a part in convincing the youngster to join the west London side.

“I played at Stamford Bridge with Leverkusen in the Champions League two seasons ago and that was a great feeling,” said Schürrle.

“Michael told me all the time this is a great club with great people, like a big family. He told me if I had to change, then I had to do this move to Chelsea.

“He also told me Jose is good for the players and convinced me he could make me a better player.”

Schürrle also outlined his desire to improve over the coming season after his move to the Europa League winners from the Bundesliga outfit.

He added: “I want to improve, I have to work hard at my skills. It is an honour for me to play for this club and the only thing I want it to help the team with my qualities.”

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