The 19-year-old midfielder has been strongly linked to Chelsea and Manchester United this summer, but those links went slightly cold as he stressed his commitment to Schalke, having just signed a new contract.
Borussia Dortmund also became very interested in the teenager, with Jurgen Klopp keen to add Draxler to his extremely talented and exciting squad as he copes with the loss of Mario Gotze.
While the less than modest Draxler says he would be a perfect play for Dortmund, he’s also revealed some words which will be music to the ears of Chelsea and United officials.
“In purely sporting terms, I would have fit into the Dortmund team - but I can promise everyone that I will not play for Borussia Dortmund,” said Draxler.
It looks unlikely that he’ll be going anywhere this summer but Draxler does seem to have an interest in playing in the Premier League in the near future. Chelsea and United could still test the water this summer with a cheeky bid for the player, which wouldn’t cause any harm.
Jose Mourinho has made it very clear that he sees younger players as the core of Chelsea over the next few seasons, claiming that Wayne Rooney is the only high profile player the Blues are targeting this summer.
However, even the special one would find it very difficult to turn down the chance to try and nab Draxler away, despite the obvious counter argument that Chelsea have more than enough attacking talent already.
David Moyes has made similar noises as manager of Manchester United, claiming that if younger players already at the club, and new arrivals, work hard enough, they will get a chance in the United first team.
“I turned down a lot of money, but it's not as though I have to live on bread and water. What boy does not dream of playing for a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or Manchester United?” he added.
The greatest barrier to any deal is his love for Schalke and the fact he’s very much first choice their in terms of his position.
In a World Cup year, it’s going to be very difficult to get him to leave the league where he has the best chance of maintaining his position in the German national side, who will be one of the favourites to win the tournament in Brazil.
He’s not expected to leave, but that doesn’t mean Chelsea and United can try to get one step ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona, the Spanish sides interested in him, to get an idea of how difficult any deal in the future may be to force through.
Should Chelsea or United make a bid for him? Would they have a better chance of signing him next summer?
image: © achimh