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Tuesday 25 June 2013

Chelsea complete deal for Bayer Leverkusen forward Schurrle

The 22-year-old Germany forward becomes Jose Mourinho's first signing since returning to Blues

  • With Bayer Leverkusen Schurrle faced Chelsea in the 2011/12 Champions League

  • Schurrle is Jose Mourinho's first signing of the summer. Photo: Darren Walsh/CFC

Germany forward Andre Schurrle has become the first signing of Jose Mourinho's second spell at Chelsea after agreeing to move to Stamford Bridge from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

"I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club"
Andre Schurrle

The 22-year-old, who had long been a transfer target of the UEFA Europa League winners, has signed a five-year deal with the club after joining for an undisclosed fee.

"I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,' Schurrle, who will wear the No14 shirt next season, told the club's website. "I am really looking forward to it."

Schurrle started his career at local club Ludwigshafener SC, before moving to Mainz in 2009. He then joined Leverkusen in 2011, by which time he had made his debut for Germany.

Schurrle is as an energetic, fleet-footed forward who excelled on the left-hand side of a 4-3-3 formation during his two seasons at Leverkusen, where he was particularly effective on the counterattack, linking up with the forward line and scoring 18 goals in 65 top-flight appearances.

The Germany international helped Sami Hyypia’s side finish in fifth place in the German Bundesliga in his first season at the club and third last time around, a point behind Borussia Dortmund.

Schurrle, who appeared at the UEFA European Championships last year, has been capped 24 times by his country and scored seven international goals.

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Key Points

  • Germany forward Andre Schurrle has signed for Chelsea
  • The 22-year-old joins from Bayer Leverkusen after agreeing a five-year deal
  • Schurrle has 24 caps and seven goals for his country