Former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle has admitted that he wanted to remain at Stamford Bridge despite completing a £24.6million deadline day move to Wolfsburg, Daily Star reports.
The 24-year-old was forced out by Jose Mourinho so that he could complete a deal to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina without breaking any Financial Fair Play sanctions.
With the German World Cup winner leaving the club, Cuadrado was free to make his £27million move from the Serie A.
Schurrle revealed that he left in search of more playing time as he was often preferred as a late substitute under Mourinho.
“I wanted to stay but in the last month I leaned towards changing something because I wanted to do what is fun for me – and that is to play football,” he said.
“I could only do it briefly at Chelsea in the past weeks.
“I had a good time with Chelsea.
“I’m still confident and know what I can do.”
Schurrle only started five Premier League matches so far this season, making an additional nine appearances from the bench, scoring three goals.
The German winger is often used on the right side of the attacking midfield, sharing the same position as Willian while also in competition for places with Eden Hazard on the left.