Reported Manchester United and Arsenal target Julian Draxler has explained that he snubbed an opportunity to come to the Premier League because he didn’t feel ready to move abroad, according to the Daily
The 21-year-old left Schalke for Wolfsburg in a £25.5m deal during the summer (via Express), and while he conceded some may feel that his move is something of a sideways step, he felt it was the right decision for him.
“From the outside, maybe my move isn’t understandable,” he said.
“Schalke are a great club in Germany. Many people thought that if I left it would be for a top foreign club.
“But I decided not to go abroad as I didn’t feel ready for that kind of move,” he added.
Although there are certainly sides with a higher profile that the World Cup winner could have joined – Juventus were also interested (via Express) – Wolfsburg are establishing themselves as one of Bayern Munich’s main rivals in the Bundesliga, and have a Champions League campaign to look forward to.
The gulf between Draxler’s new side and the one he left behind was highlighted in his final game as a Schalke player when Dieter Hecking’s side – who were without Manchester City-bound Kevin De Bruyne for the game – thrashed their opponents 3-0.
And it is likely to be De Bruyne who Hecking will be hoping that Draxler will be a replacement for. If he can match the heights that the former Chelsea man hit last season, it is more than likely that the Premier League sides will come calling once again.