Andre Schurrle, who joined Fulham last month on a two-year loan from Borussia Dortmund, says fans’ jealousy drove him to return to England.
Schurrle claims that the behavior of fans is the reason that many Germany internationals do not play in the Bundesliga.
Schurrle, 27, was often showered with chants of “Schuuuu” and “We’ll drink until Schurrle scores” from fans.
“We had a difficult last two years when I was in Dortmund,” Schurrlesaid, according to the Sun. “It was not easy, the relationship between fans and players. It’s a big jealousy thing in Germany that you have from fans — not the hardcore fans, because they always stand behind their team.
“It’s not easy, especially for a German national team player who did great things in the past and maybe is struggling. That’s why I think most of the German national team play abroad because if you don’t play for Bayern Munich and you don’t always win, it’s difficult.”
Schurrle also said that Dortmund’s leadership is also a reason.
“I talked to the coach [Lucien Favre] and [sporting director] Michael Zorc,” Schurrle said. “It was said that on my position there are many options. And I concluded that it’s better to move on, even more so because Fulham went to great lengths.”