FC Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies has spoken out over the future and situation of young superstar Julian Draxler.
The 20-year-old versatile midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal last month, a move which appears to have been put on the back burner until after the World Cup next summer.
Reports have also suggested pressing interest from Bayern Munich, one of the biggest sides in the world with a manager in Pep Guardiola who likes to invest in young players through the infrastructure of any club he’s in charge of.
However, according to the Schalke boss, it could be a long time before either side now gets their hands on Draxler, if the midfielder listens to his chairman.
“We often talk to each other. I told him that he has to stay with us two or three years and a change for him is still too early. We can not hold on forever Schalke a super talent like Julian. It would not be fair to deny players to jump on the train that stops for them. At Bayern he will not change, I know that,” Tonnies is quoted by Bild.
So what next in the saga which is likely to produce plenty more speculation over the next few months leading into the summer?
A lot depends on how FC Schalke do domestically and where they finish in the Bundesliga because Draxler is a player who needs to be playing Champions League football, as a way to continue his progress and development.
At the moment, that’s possible with Schalke sitting in fourth place just two pints behind Borussia Dortmund and six points behind Bayer Leverkusen in second.
There are plenty of sides who will be in good positions to spend big transfer fees on Draxler this summer so what it may all come down to is what each side means for his maturity and development.
Schalke deserve a lot of praise for turning him into the current player he is but if they fail to secure that Champions League spot, Tonnies can ask him to stay for as long as he likes, but it won’t make a difference.
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