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Schurrle move completed


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Chelsea FC have confirmed the signing of Germany international Andre Schurrle on a five-year contract.

The versatile attacking player - who can operate either as a number 9, or on the left or right flank - has played 24 times for his national team, scoring seven goals in the process. The highlight of his international career thus far was netting the winning goal in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Brazil in August 2011.

He joins from Bayer Leverkusen, and having had two productive seasons with the German giants in which he scored 23 times in just 83 appearances he will add to the expansive list of attacking talent the Blues can now boast.

At just 22 years of age, he joins the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar and Kevin de Bruyne in a youth-orientated squad, and due to his versatility he will not only provide competition for Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres up front, but he will also offer a degree of genuine width that has been missing since the departure of Florent Malouda.

Schurrle in fact played against the Blues during the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League campaign, starting in Chelsea's hard-fought 2-0 win over Leverkusen at Stamford Bridge in September, before coming on as a substitute to help turn the reverse fixture on its head as the German team came from behind to win 2-1.

You can officially welcome the player by heading over to Schurrle's thread in the Player Database.

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