Football: Andre Schuerrle quits Chelsea for Wolfsburg in 30 million euro deal

VfL Wolfsburg signed Germany's World Cup-winning forward Andre Schuerrle from Chelsea on a four-and-a-half year contract on Monday. -- PHOTO: EPA
VfL Wolfsburg signed Germany's World Cup-winning forward Andre Schuerrle from Chelsea on a four-and-a-half year contract on Monday. -- PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN (Reuters) - VfL Wolfsburg signed Germany's World Cup-winning forward Andre Schuerrle from Chelsea on a four-and-a-half year contract on Monday.

The Bundesliga high-flyers announced the transfer in a brief statement on their Twitter feed but did not reveal any financial details. According to media reports, the fee was a club record 30 million euros (S$45.92 million).

Schuerrle played a major role in Germany's World Cup triumph in Brazil last year but failed to earn a regular starting place at Stamford Bridge this season.

His move had been on the cards for several days with striker Ivica Olic leaving Wolfsburg for Hamburg SV last week, paving the way for Schuerrle's switch.

Wolfsburg are second in the Bundesliga, eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich, the team they crushed 4-1 on Friday.

Schuerrle, who has won 45 caps for Germany and scored 17 goals, joined Chelsea in 2013 from Bayer Leverkusen.

He started his career at Mainz 05 and made his Bundesliga debut for the club against Leverkusen on the opening day of the 2009-10 campaign.

He joined Leverkusen in 2011, going on to score 18 goals in 65 league appearances for them.