Official: Wolfsburg sign Schurrle from Chelsea

The World Cup winner, Jose Mourinho’s first signing in his second spell with the Blues, follows Kevin de Bruyne in swapping Stamford Bridge for the Volkswagen Arena

Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Andre Schurrle from Chelsea, with the Germany international signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Bundesliga club.

The World Cup winner started and scored in the Blues’ first Premier League match of the season, away to Burnley, but has since found first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge.

Schurrle has made just five starts in the Premier League, scoring three times, most recently in the demolition of Swansea City, and was set to be shunted further down the pecking order by the imminent arrival of Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.

With one eye on Financial Fair Play, Chelsea have opted to cash in on the 24-year-old, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen for £18 million in 2013 and was the first signing of Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club.

Schurrle joins a Wolfsburg side who are chasing the title in the Bundesliga, having closed the gap to Bayern Munich to eight points after their 4-1 victory over the reigning champions on Friday evening.

He becomes the second player to leave the west Londoners for Die Wolfe, with Kevin de Bruyne – who struck twice against Bayern – having also been axed by Mourinho in last year’s January window.