Andre Schurrle says former German international played a part in Stamford Bridge switch.
Chelsea new boy Andre Schurrle has revealed former Blues star Michael Ballack convinced him to move to Stamford Bridge.
Schurrle, 22, signed a five-year deal with Chelsea after completing an £18m move from Bayer Leverkusen earlier this summer and the wing-forward says Ballack, who spent four seasons in west London, before returning to Leverkusen for a second spell in 2010, played a part in his move.
“I played at Stamford Bridge with Leverkusen in the Champions League two seasons ago and that was a great feeling,” said Schurrle.
“Michael told me all the time this is a great club with great people, like a big family. He told me if I had to change, then I had to do this move to Chelsea.
“He also told me Jose is good for the players and convinced me he could make me a better player.”
He added: “I want to improve, I have to work hard at my skills. It is an honour for me to play for this club and the only thing I want it to help the team with my qualities.”