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Schurrle: I'm happy to stay with Chelsea


Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle has dismissed suggestions he could leave Chelsea next month.

The 24-year-old (below) has been a peripheral figure this season, starting for the first time in five weeks against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday night.

The Germany international's lack of game time led to suggestions Jose Mourinho has lost patience with him, but Schurrle insists he is going nowhere during the January transfer window.

"I can just laugh all the talk of leaving off. I am not going to change the club in the transfer window," Schurrle said.

"I am happy where I am, I am happy in London. I love the city, I love the fans. We have a great team and want to win something this season. This is where I belong and where I want to help. I know what the manager wants for me and that he likes me."

Schurrle, who signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2013, attributed his impact to illness.

He said: "The illness has lasted weeks and weeks. Even during the World Cup my body didn't feel that good.

"I don't want to say what the medical name for the illness was but the symptoms are hard to get over. While they may have gone away, it took a toll on my body and it takes lot of time to get back to match fitness.

"I'm not where I want to be but I feel better."

Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek says making his senior Chelsea debut has given him a thirst for more first-team playing time.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with the Blues since the age of eight, made his first appearance on Wednesday.

Mourinho insisted prior to the 3-1 win that Loftus-Cheek's inclusion would be a day for the whole Chelsea academy to celebrate, showing there is a path to the first team despite no one making a lasting impression since John Terry.

Loftus-Cheek, who came on for the final seven minutes against Sporting, said: "I wanted it to last longer. It was a bit weird when I came on, a bit surreal, it took a while to sink in.

"Just to come on is all I can ask for. To play at a full Stamford Bridge is amazing. When you come on and you start playing it all just goes away, you're just focused.

"After that I just want to keep working - to get more opportunities like that would be wicked."

Goalkeeper Petr Cech started against Sporting and also wants further opportunities.

The 32-year-old has been displaced after 10 years as first choice by Thibaut Courtois and has been linked with a move away from Chelsea, with numerous clubs reported to be interested, including Arsenal.

"It's up to everyone to keep working and to show to the manager when you get a game that you can play any game," Cech said . "For everybody it's important to have this opportunity to play."