Former Chelsea F.C. forward Andre Schurrle has revealed he left the club due to the collapse of his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
The Germany international, who left Chelsea for Wolfsburg in a deal reportedly worth £22 million in February, felt it necessary to seek pastures new after sensing Mourinho no longer trusted him.
Schurrle also pointed out that Belgium star Eden Hazard, the 2014/15 PFA Players’ Player of the Year, is give ‘more freedom’ than the Blues’ other attacking players.
“There was a time in my second season when I felt I didn’t have the manager’s trust anymore,” Schurrle said.
“I don’t know why Mourinho didn’t trust me. It all felt a bit weird to me. It was up and down the whole time. I didn’t get any consistency from the manager, so found it hard to produce my best.
“That’s probably the biggest reason I wanted to leave.
“It’s difficult for young players at Chelsea because they’re a big team with big stars. It’s not easy to play every match.
“It’s even harder for the wingers as there are only two in the team and Eden plays always, as he’s the best player in the league.
“So you have one position on the right wing which was between Willian, Oscar, myself, sometimes Juan Mata, occasionally Kevin De Bruyne.
“The other thing is that Eden is given more freedom so the other winger has to work even harder. You have to work for that freedom, and Eden deserves it as he creates everything up front.
“He scores goals and makes assists so it’s right he should have that freedom.”
Schurrle, 24, has failed to tally a goal or an assist in seven appearances in all competitions for Wolfsburg this season.
Ronaldinho leaves Fluminense
Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Brasileiro Série A side Fluminense less than three months into his one-and-a-half year contract with the club.
The former Brazil international, 35, failed to scored in nine appearances for the Serie A giants, and was booed by his home supporters in a league match last month.
His future remains unclear, but perhaps he would fancy a spell in Major League Soccer.
Mascherano charged with tax fraud
Catalunya legal authorities have announced that FC Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is being investigated for avoiding €1.5 million in taxes.
“With the goal of dodging that tax burden, the player failed to declare income from Nike paid via a company located in the United States and another in the Portuguese island Madeira,” read a statement from the Economic Crimes Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday.
The investigation into Mascherano comes just hours after a Brazilian court froze £31 million worth of Neymar’s assets in a tax-related probe.
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