Honingstein wrote:Uefa’s financial fair play boffins will certainly take a keen interest in their balance sheet. It is no secret that their parent company picks up the tab to the tune of a few dozen million euros every season.
Andre Schürrle spoke in a brief interview about his move to VfL.
André, your transfer to VfL was only definitively completed at almost the very last minute. How happy are you that everything went according to plan?
André Schürrle: "Towards the end, everything did draw out somewhat, which was stressful for me and really frayed my nerves. Now I am finally at VfL Wolfsburg and I am very, very happy about that."
You agreed terms with VfL relatively quickly, but the negotiations with Chelsea then took until very shortly before the transfer deadline. Were you at all worried that the deal could fall through?
André Schürrle: "It wasn’t my first transfer, so I was aware that these things can take longer than expected before all parties have agreed on the terms. That considered, I was a little tense, because I really wanted to make the move to Wolfsburg. Despite that though, I was always pretty convinced that it would work out in the end."
During the winter break, you were connected with possible moves to several different clubs. In making your decision, how important was the possibility of playing in the Bundesliga again?
André Schürrle: "That was my express wish! I had offers from Spain and France too, but at the end of the day, I really wanted to return to Germany. Wolfsburg made their interest known very early on. I took a look at the team and the prospects of the club, which seem very good. For me it quickly became apparent where the journey was going to take me."
National team coach Joachim Löw ostensibly also recommended you make the move to Wolfsburg.
André Schürrle: "That’s true! I chose to speak to him about it because we have a good understanding of one another and I rate his opinion very highly. He told me what he honestly thinks, which he also did before my moves to Leverkusen and to Chelsea. We first spoke about a move to Wolfsburg quite some time ago, because he believed that, considering the tactical approach and playing style of VfL, the move to Wolfsburg would be the right move for me."
When Kevin De Bruyne made the move from Chelsea to VfL a year ago, he needed some time to settle in, because he had played so little football in London. Do you think you could have similar problems with the switch to German football at the beginning - although you did have more active playing time of late than Kevin did before his move?
André Schürrle: "Mentally, I felt as though I would have liked to have been out on the pitch in the VfL shirt in Frankfurt. Physically we’ll have to take a look at how things are, because over the last two or three weeks, I haven’t been playing regular football, rather just training. Before now, I have always been able to catch up on physical deficits pretty quickly and I will work hard on my fitness. Then I am sure I will be able to help VfL sooner rather than later."
kod2600 wrote:Wolfsburg will become a very serious threat in the future and I kinda like it
DerKaiser wrote:Schurlle had a great game for wolfsburg....nice start for him.....2.5 assists
FCB general wrote:DerKaiser wrote:Schurlle had a great game for wolfsburg....nice start for him.....2.5 assists
Now I wish I have satellite TV and ZDF so I could watch ZDF Sportstudio and see what was happening.
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