Son shakes Schurrle comparisons
Heung-Min Son has shirked comparisons with former Bayer Leverkusen winger Andre Schurrle, insisting he is ready to make his own mark at the Bundesliga club after completing his first training session under Sami Hyypia.
Son was officially unveiled on Wednesday, alongside Australia winger Robbie Kruse and Italian right-back Guilio Donati.
The South Korea international's success with Hamburg last season led to suggestions he can emulate, or even better, Schurrle's influence at Leverkusen.
But Son is not interested in following Schurrle's path and is eager to create his own legacy.
"There is no need to speak about Andre Schurrle, he is now a Chelsea player and I am here," Son said. "The three of us [Son, Donati and Kruse] are all Bayer Leverkusen players now and therefore, there is no need to speak about Andre Schurrle. All we need to do now is perform on the pitch."
His new team-mate Kruse claims he was surprised by the increased level of intensity after joining Leverkusen from Fortuna Dusseldorf.
"Obviously Bayer Leverkusen is a wonderful club, when I found out I was coming here, I was really excited to come to a team that plays really attacking football," he said.
"It's a massive step up to a team that is playing in the Champions League so it's a massive honour for me to come here. I get to play with some wonderful players, hopefully I can impress and try and get better and better."