Ex-Chelsea star: How ruthless boss Jose Mourinho cut short my Stamford Bridge dream
ANDRE SCHURRLE has revealed all on his exit from Chelsea after Jose Mourinho let him go.
The Germany international winger impressed during his 18 months at Stamford Bridge.
Schurrle was Mourinho’s first signing at Chelsea in his second spell at the club, as the Blues paid £18.75m to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen.
But despite being a regular in his time there, making 43 appearances in all competitions in the 2013/14 campaign, Jose Mourinho quickly shifted the 26-year-old on.
And Schurrle cites Mourinho for showing him the brutality of a career in football for the way he quickly returned to the Bundesliga.
“Chelsea was a dream for me,” Schurrle told German newspaper Bild. “But after I was out for a few weeks through an infection, the coach unfortunately did not count on me much more often.
“Mourinho showed me how hard life can be as a footballer. If you had one bad game, you would be out of the team.
“My experience at Chelsea was great, playing with so many superstars – it was just like I had imagined it.
“Playing for Chelsea was an absolute dream for me, but following my infection, the manager no longer counted on me.”
Wolfsburg spent £22m on the attacker in February 2015, but Schurrle has since joined German giants Borussia Dortmund.
Meanwhile, Mourinho’s approach to management has been questioned at Manchester United.
The Red Devils boss has come to blows with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling.
And his squad his set to undergo further surgery over the next two transfer windows with his side struggling in sixth place.