Despite leaving Chelsea in January, German international winger Andre Schurrle is a Premier League champion.
That’s right, under the PL’s new rules any player who participated in five matches out of 38 receives a PL medal whereas in the past a player had to play in 10 or more games to be rewarded.
Now the PL hands out 40 medals to the club who wins the league and lets them distribute them as they see fit.
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Schurrle played in 14 PL games for Chelsea, scoring three goals, in the 2014-15 season before being sold to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg for $30 million right at the end of the January transfer window.
Talking to the BBC World Service, Schurrle revealed that he had no idea he would get a PL winners medal… until Jose Mourinho sent him a text message.
“I didn’t know that I’d get a medal when I didn’t play most of the second half of the season,” Schurrle explained. “Jose Mourinho sent me a text to say that I’d get a medal and he asked me to come to the last game. That was very nice for me. I’m really happy for the boys. They played a very good second half of the season so of course me it’s good to get a medal but the boys did the work.”
Usually I get texts asking me to pick up some milk on my way home. Getting one about winning the PL isn’t bad…
In all fairness, Schurrle deserves to get a medal as his goals against Manchester City, Burnley and Swansea made a difference. Looking back at past unlikely PL champions, players like Jack Rodwell (formerly of Manchester City) had just one start last season but was handed a medal on the final day of the season after making four substitute appearances to take his tally to five. Chelsea will also make sure the likes of Nathan Ake and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be rewarded despite not reaching the quota as Mourinho has only used 22 players in PL games this season. That’s the fewest of any PL side so there will be plenty of medals to go around between his players and his coaching staff.
It’s a pretty classy move from Chelsea as Schurrle will join the team in their celebrations on the final day of the season. The Blues will be awarded the Premier League trophy following their home game against Sunderland on May 24.