Bundesliga

Wolfsburg complete Schürrle capture

Wolfsburg - VfL Wolfsburg have completed the signing of 2014 World Cup winner Andre Schürrle from English Premier League giants Chelsea FC.

International pedigree

The 24-year-old former Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward, who was part of Joachim Löw's squad at last summer's tournament in Brazil, put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year contract on Monday afternoon, tying him to the club until June 2019.

Schürrle started his career at 1. FSV Mainz 05 and made his Bundesliga debut for the Carnival Club against future employers Leverkusen on the opening day of the 2009/10 campaign. He joined

die Werkself

in 2011, going on to score 18 goals in 65 league appearances for the BayArena outfit before signing for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in June 2013. Despite netting 14 times in 65 outings in all competitions for the west London side, Schürrle struggled to nail down a first-team berth at Stamford Bridge. Since making his Germany debut in a friendly against Sweden in 2010, Schürrle has gone on to score 17 goals in 45 international appearances, including a brace in

die Nationalmannschaft

's 7-1 humbling of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi-final. He also set up Mario Götze's 113th-minute winner in the final against Argentina at Rio de Janeiro's Estadio de Maracana. Schürrle becomes Dieter Hecking's

third signing

this winter, following the acquisitions of China international Xizhe Zhang and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim keeper Koen Casteels.