Jose Mourinho happy with Andre Schurrle’s Chelsea contribution
Jose Mourinho says he hopes Chelsea made Andre Schurrle a better player
Jose Mourinho insists he is pleased with Andre Schurrle’s contribution to Chelsea after the winger’s departure on transfer deadline day.
The 24-year-old spent a season-and-a-half at the Blues but joined Wolfsburg for £22.5m on transfer deadline day earlier this week after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Schurrle’s sale also allowed Chelsea to bring in Colombia forward Juan Cuadrado in his place, but Mourinho claims he is grateful for the German’s efforts during his time at the club.
“We are happy with what he gave us,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference on Friday.
“We are happy with the investment that we did on him one and a half year ago.
“We are happy with the profit that we made in this window.
“We hope we made him a better player and we hope he has success in the future.”
Schürrle, who joined Chelsea in 2013 from Bayer Leverkusen for £18m, scored 14 goals in 34 appearances for the club, including five this season.
The Germany international made a promising start to the current campaign but eventually fell out of favour when Mourinho continued to select Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian as his trio behind the striker.
Schürrle was part of the German national team that won last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, where he scored two goals in the semi-final against the hosts.
His new club Wolfsburg are second in the Bundesliga, eight points behind Bayern Munich, and look to be the only serious title contenders with the German champions in the coming years.
Schürrle’s former Chelsea teammate, Kevin De Bruyne, is also at the Volkswagen-backed club having joined them one year before.