Former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle has criticised his former manager Jose Mourinho for destroying his Chelsea ‘dream’ and not having faith in him.
The German winger was Jose Mourinho’s first signing during the Portuguese manager’s second stint at Chelsea but spent just 18 months at the club before being sold to Wolfsburg for £22million. Despite making 43 appearances in the 2013/14 season, his appearances soon became a rarity and soon the winger fall out of favour during the 2014-15 campaign.
Schurrle scored 14 times in 64 appearances for the Blues and made a habit of turning up in the defining moments as he scored many important goals against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and PSG.
While speaking to the German media Bild, the 26-year-old expressed his disappointment and told that Mourinho didn’t give him enough chance to impress after a spell on the sidelines.
“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,” the current Dortmund attacker told German newspaper Bild.
“Mourinho showed me how hard life can be as a footballer. If you had one bad game, you would be out of the team.”
The former Bayer Leverkusen man is currently rebuilding his career with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund after joining them last July from Wolfsburg and said he holds no regrets over his time at the club.
“You have to make a decision, and in the end, I only wanted to play football again. Germany manager Joachim Löw told me it would be a great move for me and that is why Wolfsburg are a step forward for me. Wolfsburg have a great team as well and can play for silverware in the Bundesliga and in Europe,” he added.
“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.”
At Borussia, Schürrle’s has faced a topsy-turvy ride with frequent injuries till now but he did make his first league start in two months over the last weekend as BVB beat Bayern 1-0. The winger has scored twice for them and assisted three times in all competitions as BVB sit third in the league table.