Clucas commits to Rovers
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:00:00
Andre Schurrle is looking forward to working with Jose Mourinho and has no fears about struggling to establish himself in the Chelsea side.
Schurrle became Chelsea's first signing since Mourinho returned as manager at Stamford Bridge when a deal was confirmed earlier this week to bring in the forward from Bayer Leverkusen.
He is aware of Mourinho's reputation as one of the greatest coaches in the world and has already been impressed by the Portuguese boss.
The 22-year-old is now determined to shine and hopes to become a regular in the team, unlike German compatriot Marko Marin - who endured a frustrating first season at the club.
"I first met Jose Mourinho at Michael Ballack's farewell game in Leipzig last week," Schurrle said in The Sun. "He was in charge of my team, the World Select side.
"We met before the game, he shook my hand and told me 'Everything has gone through, and you are my player'. That was a wonderful feeling.
"My first impression of him was that he truly has a special personality. He is a cool guy as well.
"I spoke about him with my national team-mates Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil, who have played under him for Real Madrid.
"They both told me he is the best coach they have ever worked with.
"I don't fear suffering the same fate as Marko and just being a replacement. I will try to make my way at Chelsea."
The 20-year-old midfielder, who joined Rovers from Preston last July, made 21 appearances last term before a cruciate injury ended his season.
Manager John Ward told the club website: "Seanan's signature is another important piece of the jigsaw in building the team.
"Although it is going to be a while before he is back fit, he is still an integral part of the squad, and he could still play a big part this season.
"He has a bright future, and before his injury he showed us what he is capable of. He will be pushing to get back in and around the first team as soon as possible.
"We think it is vital to look after players who pick up injuries while playing for us, and this is an important message to the rest of the team."