Chelsea have completed the signing of Germany international Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen.
The deal is said to be worth £18 million and was agreed on 13 June but has taken almost two weeks to iron out personal terms. The striker has signed a five-year-deal and will wear the number 14 shirt, according to the statement on the clubs website.
The 22-year-old, who can also play on either wing, played 65 times for Leverkusen and scored 18 times. He has also scored seven times in 24 international appearances for Germany.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is said to have a considerable transfer kitty for the first season of his second spell in charge with the aim of rebuilding the team to his liking and guiding Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League.
Schurrle is excited about the prospect of playing in England after watching last season’s games and claims to have watched every Chelsea game whilst back in Germany. He also targets lots of silverware with the Europa League winners.
“Hopefully I can win a lot of titles in the next five years,” he told the club’s official website.
“We have a great team with some very talented young players. We can all improve ourselves, and under Jose Mourinho I’m confident we can have a really great season. He’s a very good person with a big personality; he’s a great manager so it’s an absolute honour for me to now be one of his players.”
“For this club, winning titles is always the main objective. We have a great young team with so much quality. We are capable of doing well in the Premier League, Champions League and the cup competitions as well, and I hope to play a big part.”
“He’s a very good person with a big personality; he’s a great manager so it’s an absolute honour for me to now be one of his players.”