Voller - Schurrle must stay
Leverkusen boss insists club has no choice but to keep young star
By Thomas Zocher. Last Updated: July 16, 2012 5:32pm
Andre Schurrle: Reported Chelsea target has been told he will be staying at Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen general manager Rudi Voller has ruled out the sale of Andre Schurrle to Chelsea.
The 21-year-old Germany international has been linked with a move to West London but Voller insists there is no chance of a bid being accepted because it is not possible to sign a replacement.
"There is no alternative to the decision of not selling Andre Schurrle," Voller told kicker-Sportmagazin. "We are unable to sign a replacement.
"Those adequate players that are available are too expensive and therefore we would be forced to sign a weaker player overpriced.
"The matter is over with and I have also told Andre so."
Leverkusen director Wolfgang Holzhauser was similarly exasperated by continued reports suggesting Schurrle could be on his way and sought to end all the speculation.
"We have not received any new bid from Chelsea for Andre Schurrle," said Holzhauser. "And we really do not want to talk about this topic anymore."
Leverkusen signed Schurrle from Mainz in 2011 and the midfielder is under contract to the club until 2016.