Jun 25, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT
José Mourinho has finally made the first signing of his second spell at Chelsea, as German international forward André Schürrle has joined from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 22-year-old striker has been sorting out the formalities of his switch to Stamford Bridge since June 13 when the two clubs agreed a fee, but now he’s crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s Schürrle can begin to look forward to life as a Chelsea player.
Last season he scored 11 times in 34 appearances for Leverkusen, with the promising youngster also excelling for the German national team over the past few seasons. He has been handed a five-year contract for the London club and will wear the No.14 shirt.
And the blonde attacker can’t wait to get started at his new team. “I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honor for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,” Schürrle said. “I am really looking forward to it.”
Schürrle will link up with his new teammates in the coming days, as Mourinho’s men start preseason.
The German star is adaptable and can play up front as a lone forward or on the wing, while his considerable size should allow him to adapt very quickly to the power and physicality of the EPL.
Having scored seven goals in 24 appearances for the German national team, Schürrle will be keen to kick on and become a regular in the Chelsea team. That in turn will spark his chances of making the starting lineup for during Germany’s 2014 World Cup campaign.
But first and foremost, Schürrle will find it hard to get into the Chelsea side.
With the likes of Juan Mata, Demba Ba, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Ramires, Marko Marin and Fernando Torres all in his way, Schürrle will have to hit the ground running in preseason.But good, healthy competition never did anybody any harm.
Mourinho is by no means finished with his summer shopping but it has been a rather subdued scene at Stamford Bridge since he returned. No interviews, no real drama and not much movement. What is going on here? “This isn’t the Jose we remember,” is the thought going through the minds of most Chelsea fans.
But don’t despair, this man won’t disappoint. Schürrle will be the first of many new faces as Mourinho will undoubtedly wield the axe ruthlessly this summer.
If Chelsea can’t secure Edinson Cavani’s signature is it right to pile all their hopes on the youngster from Ludwigshafen? (Sorry, had to get the name of his hometown in here somewhere, just awesome.)
Only time will tell. But Schürrle’s arrival could be a signal that the floodgates are about to open at Chelsea. Expect plenty more activity in West London this summer.
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