New Chelsea signing Andre Schurrle has revealed that former club favorite Michael Ballack convinced him about a move to Stamford Bridge.
The German international signed for Chelsea this summer after he moved from Bayer Leverkusen for £ 18 million, putting pen to paper on a five year deal at the club. And the winger cum forward admitted that Ballack, who spent a trophy laden four year spell at the West London club before returning to Germany for a second spell at Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 played a big part in his move to Stamford Bridge from the Bay Arena.
He mentioned that it was a great feeling playing at Stamford Bridge when he came to play there for Bayer against Chelsea a couple of seasons back in the UEFA Champions League. He mentioned that Michael Ballack had told him then that it was a great club and has great people around it and it is a like a big family. He had told him back then that if he ever considered leaving Bayer Leverkusen, then he should leave for a club like Chelsea.
Schurrle, who was a part of the Germany side that played in the EURO 2012, stated that Ballack had also told him that Jose Mourinho is a great manager, he is great for the players and he could make him a better player than he already is.
And Schurrle admitted that once he got the backing from Michael Ballack, it was only a matter of time before he made the move, adding that he still has a long way to go and he has to improve a lot. He mentioned that playing for Chelsea is an honor already and he hopes to keep the faith Mourinho has showed in him by working hard and giving his best.