Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle admits he would find it difficult to turn down a move to Chelsea provided they are successful with a bid for his services.
The Champions League winners saw their offer for the German international rejected by Leverkusen on the grounds that they wouldn’t be able to suitably replace him.
Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo is keen to boost his attacking options this summer and fill the hole left by Didier Drogba following his free transfer move to China last month.
Schurrle admits he would be interested in a switch to Stamford Bridge acknowledging that it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that he would struggle to turn down.
“I don’t think you would find any player in the Bundesliga who would say that they would not at all be interested,” he said.
“Chelsea would have been very interesting for me. You don’t get a chance like that very often in your life.”
“(Director of sport) Rudi Voller has explained the reasoning to me several times,” he told Kicker magazine.
“They could not find a suitable replacement and I am too important to Bayer.”
With the Premier League club said to have increased their original bid to 25 million euros Schurrle confesed that he is worried about the adverse effect such a large valuation could have on his performances and popularity with supporters.
“I can imagine the fans will see me with different eyes now,” he said. “If I play two or three bad games, then it could be difficult for me.”