Andre Schurrle lifts lid on Chelsea manager’s impact

Andre Schurrle says Jose Mourinho made a man out of the Wolfsburg signing

Andre Schurrle has claimed that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho “made a man” out of Wolfsburg’s new signing.

The Germany international completed a £22.5m switch to the Bundesliga outfit after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Schurrle managed just nine starts in all competitions this season for the Blues despite helping Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil last summer.

However, the 23-year-old holds no grudges over the tame end to his Chelsea spell, discussing the impact that manager Mourinho had on his career.

“Mourinho made a man out of me. He makes his players realise that it’s all about the result in football,” Schurrle told Kicker.

“Maybe the personal aspect is not his main priority but we are all professionals, not children who need to be cuddled all the time.”

Schurrle joined Chelsea from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen for £18m back in June 2013, scoring 14 goals for the west London side, including a hat-trick against bitter rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Wolfsburg man was clearly sad to leave the 2012 Champions League winners after the playmaker posted a touching farewell message to all those connected with Chelsea on his Instagram page on Wednesday morning.

“I want to thank everyone at Chelsea FC for the amazing time I had at this great club!! It’s been a real pleasure to wear this shirt!!” Schurrle wrote.

“Thank you so much to all the fans for the great support and love you showed me!! All the best to the team, I hope you can win everything!! Great people!!

“And now I’m looking forward to be successful with my new team and club!!! Can’t wait to play:)) #thankyou @chelseafc”

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