Draxler ‘turned down Arsenal’
Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has revealed he rejected a January move to Arsenal and will turn down the Gunners again this summer if they make another approach, according to BBC Sport.
Draxler signed a new five-year contract with the Bundesliga club in May and although the terms of the deal say he can leave for £38m, he says his future lies at VeltinsArena. “In January there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay,” the 20-year-old confirmed. “I will do the same this summer. I want to play one year more in Schalke.”
Named in the Germany squad for the World Cup, Draxler didn’t get on to the pitch during the 4-0 win over Portugal on Monday, and admitted there were nerves among the players prior to kick-off. But, having gotten off to a winning start, Draxler says Germany can go all the way.
“We were a little bit nervous before the game,” he added. “But we know we are very strong and we wanted to show the world we can win the title. There are many other great nations and teams here, but we are one of the favourites.”
Draxler has 11 international appearances to his name, having made his senior debut for Germany in May 2012, against Switzerland in a pre-Euro 2012 friendly. He has played fewer than 150 games at club level after breaking into the Schalke first team in 2010-11 at the age of 17.
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