Andre Schurrle will return to Stamford Bridge today with Fulham after leaving the club for Wolfsburg in Germany in January 2015 for £22million.
Schurrle is on a two-year loan at Fulham from Borussia Dortmund and has now revealed why he left Chelsea.
Schurrle has blamed a piece of dodgy chicken for the premature end to his Chelsea career in January 2015.
According to the German, he contracted salmonella while in Poland for a Euros qualifier in October 2014 — just three months before he was sold by Chelsea.
Schurrle won the World Cup with Germany in the summer of 2014 and began the season strongly for Chelsea, starting four of Chelsea’s first seven League games before going on international duty in October and contracting salmonella.
“In my first year I was really happy,” said Schurrle. “I started half the games or a little bit more. I had quite good stats, I scored important goals. Confidence from the manager too. Then the second year in the first half it was very difficult. I had bad salmonella. It was with the national team, in Poland. The next day we flew back and I was gone.
“We didn’t find out for a week so I was just at home being sick and really feeling like I couldn’t get out of bed,’ he added. ‘Then we found out it was salmonella.
“I was getting really weak. You see how skinny I am, so to lose three, four, five kilos … I did not have any strength and it took a long time to get the strength back. I never got the chance to prove myself being back 100 per cent. That was when I got the opportunity to go back to Germany and he let me go. I’ve never eaten chicken since.”
After contracting salmonella in October 2014, Schurrle would start only one of the next 15 League games, and he was taken off at half-time in that game before he left Chelsea in January 2015.
Chelsea won the Premier League title at the end of the 2014/15 season and despite not finishing the season with Chelsea, Schurrle was given a Premier League winners medal because he had made more than five appearances for Chelsea in the league before his exit. He keeps it at his parents’ house alongside his World Cup medal.