Bayer Leverkusen man makes it abundantly clear he would like to make Stamford Bridge switch.
Blue move? Germany forward Andre Schurrle admits he is keen on Chelsea switch
“Chelsea would have been very interesting for me. You don’t get a chance like that very often in your life,” says the Leverkusen star
The Bayer Leverkusen forward says it would have been hard to turn the Blues down if the Bundesliga side had accepted an offer from the London club for his services.
Leverkusen turned down Chelsea’s offer for the Germany international as they felt they would not be able to find a suitable replacement.
“I don’t think you would find any player in the Bundesliga who would say that they would not at all be interested,” Schurrle said.
“Chelsea would have been very interesting for me. You don’t get a chance like that very often in your life.”
Chelsea were reported to have raised their initial bid to 25 million euros and Schurrle is disappointed that such figures were being mentioned in public.
“I can imagine the fans will see me with different eyes now,” he said. “If I play two or three bad games, then it could be difficult for me.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
It’s rare for a footballer to be so honest about his intentions and Andre Schurrle is right to suggest that his angling for a move to Chelsea will not go down all that well with Bayer Leverkusen fans. Perhaps the German international feels that such a move on his behalf will push the Blues into action, but if it doesn’t then he may well have wished he had kept his mouth shut.
A bid of £19.5m, as referenced by this source, would appear to be a very fair one and it’s unlikely Chelsea will consider increasing that offer so in many ways Schurrle is in a tricky situation.
Having enjoyed a fairly average first season at Bayer Leverkusen, scoring seven goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances, the 21 year old impressed for his national team both in the warm-up matches prior to Euro 2012 as well in the finals themselves. Indeed his record of seven goals in 16 matches for Die Mannschaft is far superior to his scoring rate at club level.
Schurrle is an adaptable attacker who is used frequently in a wide attacking role but presumably this is an area that Chelsea is well and truly covered in, with the likes of Florent Malouda, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, Kevin De Bruyne, Daniel Sturridge and Yossi Benayoun all able to ply their trade on the flanks.
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