Schurrle: Ballack told me to move to Blues

Frank Dalleres
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CHELSEA’S first summer signing Andre Schurrle has revealed that former Blues star and fellow German Michael Ballack convinced him to complete an £18m switch to Stamford Bridge.

Ballack played his final season alongside Schurrle, 22, at Bayer Leverkusen before retiring last year and has remained a mentor to the versatile forward.

“We talked a lot about it. He told me I had to make the move because Chelsea is a great club with great fans and great staff,” said the former Mainz player. “Throughout my whole career Michael’s been a big help to me, he’s always there for me to offer advice and tell me what I can do better.”