Andre Schurrle is now officially an ex-Chelsea player. The German forward has completed his move to Wolfsburg today, and has penned a four and a half year deal with the Bundesliga side.
Offiziell! Weltmeister @Andre_Schuerrle wechselt zum #vflwolfsburg! pic.twitter.com/NBQbyqaRID— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) February 2, 2015
Whatever it was that held up the deal until the last moments of the German transfer window, the two clubs have apparently agreed on a €32m (£24m) fee, or £6m more than Chelsea paid to Bayer Leverkusen. There may be some extra add-ons involved as well.
While leaving the Premier League and Chelsea for Wolfsburg is definitely a step back in terms of stature, Schurrle will reportedly be paid very well -- rumored wages of around £90k/week through June 2019 -- to return to his homeland. He'll also walk into the starting XI, as Wolfsburg don't exactly have the best supporting cast for former Blue Kevin De Bruyne.
While Schurrle has struggled for form this season, he was a valuable contributor and a fan favorite during his first campaign with Chelsea. All told, he made 65 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 14 goals. Best of luck at Wolfsburg, Andre. You will be missed.