Former Chelsea player Andre Schurrle has accused his former boss Jose Mourinho of ruining his 'dream' of playing for the Blues.
The German winger moved to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2013, only to be shipped back to the Bundesliga to sign for Wolfsburg 18 months later.
Now the 26-year-old who currently plies his trade at Borussia Dortmund told Bild that he is still hurt by Mourinho's decision to cut short his time in West London.
It was the Portuguese manager who signed Schurrle from Leverkusen, during his second spell at Chelsea, before accepting an offer he couldn't refuse of £22m from Wolfsburg.
Despite the winger getting his career back on track after starring for Dortmund, he still regrets the timing of his departure from Chelsea.
“Chelsea was a dream for me. But after I was out for a few weeks through an infection, the coach unfortunately did not count on me much more often," he said.
“Mourinho showed me how hard life can be as a footballer. If you had one bad game, you would be out of the team. My experience at Chelsea was great, playing with so many superstars – it was just like I had imagined it.
“Playing for Chelsea was an absolute dream for me, but following my infection, the manager no longer counted on me.”
Although not a regular starter, Schurrle had become an important member of the Chelsea squad and became a fans favourite after scoring in important games.