Former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has stated that the reason why he left Chelsea is the manager Jose Mourinho never trusted him.
The German international only spent 18 months at Stamford Bridge ahead of his return to Bundesliga with VFL Wolfsburg.
The 24-year-old scored 14 goals for the club in 64 appearances although most them were as a substitute only and built a reputation as something of an impact sub.
The German international decided to move on halfway through his second year after falling out of favour with the Portuguese manager. Just six months after winning the 2014 World Cup with his country Schurrle was sold to Wolfsburg for £22m, which allowed Chelsea to pursue a deal for Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado.
He said that he enjoyed his time at Chelsea, but despite his doing well after coming on as a substitute, he failed to understand why the manager kept him on the bench more often.
“I had a good time at Chelsea and was accepted in the team, so it’s difficult to explain why I left,” Schurrle told The Times.
“My performances were good as well, but there was a time in my second season when I felt I didn’t have the manager’s trust anymore and I didn’t play many matches from the start.”
“I don’t know why Mourinho didn’t trust me. It all felt a bit weird to me. I started a few games, was on the bench for a few, then started some more.”
“It was up and down the whole time. I had a lot of good talks with the manager and respect him a lot, as he told me to my face what he wanted me to do. I had some very good games, but there was often an ordinary game soon afterwards as well.”
“I didn’t get any consistency from the manager so found it hard to produce my best. That’s probably the biggest reason I wanted to leave.”
“It was difficult to leave, but when I had the chance to come back to Germany to join an awesome club like Wolfsburg I felt it was a good decision.”