Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle says it would have been hard to turn Chelsea down if the Bundesliga side had accepted an offer from the Blues for his services.
Leverkusen turned down Chelsea's offer for the
"I don't think you would find any player in the Bundesliga who would say that they would not at all be interested," Schurrle said.
"Chelsea would have been very interesting for me. You don't get a chance like that very often in your life."
However, Schurrle, who only joined Leverkusen a year ago from Mainz, respects the club's decision.
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"They could not find a suitable replacement and I am too important to Bayer."
Chelsea was reported to have raised its initial bid to
"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."
Hoffenheim claimed a vital 3-1 win against second-tier Kaiserslautern in the first leg of the Bundesliga play-off.