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Schuerrle rules out Chelsea exit

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Andre Schuerrle has rejected talk of a move to Atletico Madrid and insisted he will stay at Chelsea this season.

The Germany international was linked with the Spanish champions as they look to rebuild their team after seeing three of their key players move to Stamford Bridge.

But Schuerrle, who joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, is adamant he will not be making the opposite journey.

"No," the World Cup winner said. "I am very happy at Chelsea. This is where I want to play, and this is where I want to play for the fans. There is nothing more to say."

The 23-year-old made half of his Premier League appearances last season as a replacement but, despite only returning to training two weeks ago, he was selected to start Chelsea's opening game against Burnley and scored in a 3-1 win at Turf Moor.

He hopes he can kick on in his second season at Stamford Bridge, adding: "I think even when I played last season it was good because I scored a few goals and played in some big matches, but of course I feel more comfortable in the team.

"Even after the World Cup I want to step up, I want to have the ball, I want to play, I want to run. I think you can see it on the pitch that it's a different game and I enjoy playing like this. I hope I keep going like this and get better.

"I enjoyed the World Cup a lot, so I got out of that with a lot of confidence. I came back to Chelsea and obviously had a very short break. I was only two-and-a-half weeks at the ocean and could relax. But from zero to 100 - I am hungry, I want to achieve something with Chelsea. I want to win titles with Chelsea, so I worked hard these two weeks.

"I think it was a good start for me, but of course we can be better, and when I am 100% fit, there will be more."

Cesc Fabregas played a part in all three goals as he enjoyed a fine debut against Burnley and Schuerrle said: "I think a player like Cesc, every team wants him, so we are happy that he decided for Chelsea. We are happy that he is a Blue now."

Schuerrle also urged Petr Cech to remain at the club after he lost his place to Thibaut Courtois for the season opener.

He said: "I hope he stays, of course. He is a great character and is very important for the team. He is a fantastic keeper, one of the best. It's his decision what he wants to do, but everyone wants him to stay and with him we have a better squad."

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