26 June, 2013 - 14:35

Chelsea land Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen

Chelsea land Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen

Chelsea have completed the signing of highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen winger Andre Schurrle for £18million.

The 22-year-old German has clinched a five-year deal that will keep him at the Stamford Bridge up to 2018. Schurrle scored 14 goals and set up another 10 in all competitions last season.

Schurrle, who became Jose Mourinho’s first signing since his returning at Stamford Bridge, admitted he is delighted to have joined such a well-supported club, saying: “I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans. I am really looking forward to it.”

Schurrle revealed he wants to impress his new manager and do his utmost to establish himself as an important first-team player. He said: “I first met Jose Mourinho at Michael Ballack’s farewell game in Leipzig last week. He was in charge of my team, the World Select side.

“We met before the game, he shook my hand and told me ‘Everything has gone through, and you are my player’. That was a wonderful feeling. My first impression of him was that he truly has a special personality. He is a cool guy as well.

“I spoke about him with my national team-mates Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil, who have played under him for Real Madrid. They both told me he is the best coach they have ever worked with. I don’t fear suffering the same fate as Marko and just being a replacement. I will try to make my way at Chelsea,” he added.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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