Berlin - VfL Wolfsburg's new signing Andre Schuerrle revealed Wednesday he sought permission from Germany coach Joachim Loew before his reported 32 million euros ($36.59m) transfer from Chelsea was finalised.
"The coach said that I could do it," said the 24-year-old in his first press conference for Wolves, who romped to a shock 4-1 win over Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Friday.
"He was all for it. He said he saw this as an excellent step for me.
"So it's nice to have an opinion like that behind me."
Schuerrle, who has 42 caps for Germany, is back in the Bundesliga after 19 months at Stamford Bridge having previously played for Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen in Germany's top flight.
News of Schuerrle's possible transfer first broke on Friday, but the deal stalled over the weekend before being finalised on Monday, much to Schuerrle's relief.
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"I am happy it worked out," said the Germany winger, whose cross led to Mario Goetze scoring the winning goal in July's World Cup final.
"The last few days (before the transfer) were very stressful for me.
"I was sitting on my phone the whole time and was just hoping that the call would come to say I can go back to Germany.
"But I was always sure it would work out."
Having joined Chelsea in June 2013, Schuerrle says he values his time working under Blues boss Jose Mourinho, but became frustrated about the amount of time he spent on the Blues' bench.
"I'd never regret it. It was a great experience and I love this club," said Schuerrle.
"I developed myself under Jose Mourinho, which has helped me tremendously.
"I am a different player to the one who went to Chelsea.
"I had a good time there, I was a regular in the team before illness made me take a step backwards.
"Even in December, I thought that I wanted to stay with Chelsea, but in the last month things developed so that I came to the conclusion something had to change.
"Then came the interest from Wolfsburg and I quickly realised that I really wanted to go."
Second-placed Wolfsburg host Hoffenheim in the German league on Saturday and coach Dieter Hecking said Schuerrle will be in the squad, but did not say whether he would start.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.