German international Andre Schurrle has finally opened up on his Blues exit, claiming Jose Mourinho showed him ‘how hard life can be for a footballer’.
The former Chelsea winger was bought by Mourinho for £22million in the summer of 2013, and he featured 30 times in his opening Premier League season. However, things got tough for him after his debut season at the club.
He believes that he wasn’t given the chance to build on an impressive first term.
He told Bild: “Chelsea was a dream for me. But after I was out for a few weeks through an infection, the coach unfortunately did not count on me much more often.
“[Jose] 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.”
Schurrle scored 14 goals in 64 games for the Blues, and won the league title in the 2014-15 campaign.