Jose Mourinho sent me a text to say that I would get a medal: Andre Schurrle
Former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle who completed a move to Wolfsburg in January 2015 has said he was told by Jose Mourinho via text message that he would win a Premier League medal as well for the part he played in Chelsea’s season in its first half.
The German World Cup winner made 14 appearances for Chelsea – most of them off the bench. Players must make at least 5 appearances to be eligible for a medal.
He expected no recognition from the club, however, was pleasantly surprised by Mourinho’s message. He said, “I didn't know that I'd get a medal when I didn't play most of the second half of the season.
“Jose Mourinho sent me a text to say that I'd get a medal and he asked me to come to the last game. That was very nice for me.
“I'm really happy for the boys. They played a very good second half of the season so of course, for me, it's good to get a medal but the boys did the work.”
Schurrle already has a World Cup medal and Premier League medal to his name and he could increase that tally when Wolfsburg take on Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final later this month.
On his Chelsea exit
The German international admitted that exhaustion played a role in his departure from Chelsea, he said: “I had the World Cup which was very perfect for me and the start of the season was good as well.
“Then there came a little bit of a period for me where my body didn't feel very good, I was not clear in my head and I didn't have as many good moments for Chelsea.
“I wanted to come back to the Bundesliga, I wanted to feel a little bit more in the team and to get a bit more playing time.
“I love Chelsea still, I'm not frustrated, it was a great experience.”
Despite being a bit part player at best in his time at the London club, he still has love for the Blues and would not hesitate to recommend it as a destination to other players.
He said: “It can be difficult to get first team football because you have so many good players.
“I think I took my chances very well because normally every time I got playing time I did something good and I scored.
“The manager doesn't need to change anything because the team is winning, then it's very difficult. You just have to be clear in your head and take the chances when they come.
“If you have the chance, you have got to go there.”