Draxler: Schalke chairman’s latest comments on Arsenal target's future

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

Clemens Tonnies has stated that it is only natural that big clubs are interested in the star and that a transfer must suit the Bundesliga side.

Arsenal January pursuit of Julian Draxler is expected to be revisited in the summer, with the Gunners identifying the Germany intenrational as a player to improve the club.

It is believed that Schalke rebuffed an approach from the Gunners in the tranfer window ust gone, but Draxler’s future still remains a hot topic for debate.

The Gelsenkirchen club’s chairman Clemens Tonnies conducted an interview with TZ yesterday, and admitted that he was happy when Schalke players were in demand.

“I am happy when Bayern Munich or foreign clubs are interested in our players,” he said.

“That does not , however, mean that they then go. It means that we do a good job and have a very good youth section.”

Tonnies went on to confirm the interest of other clubs, without mentioning those that had been in touch regardin the player.

“The interest of other clubs is indeed legitimate. However, we have good contracts with our players, which also preserve the interests of Schalke,” he said.

Despite Schalke wanting to keep Draxler in Gelsenkirchen, Tonnies was realistic that holding onto the star could be an uphill battle.

“ Of course, teams stay focused on the quality of Julian,” he said. “We find it difficult to prevent.”

“It is important for me that a transfer would be in the best interests of the club.

“It is sad if a player such as [Manuel] Neuer or maybe Julian Draxler leaves, but you should not pocket the money and then complain.”

Draxler is in the running to be included in Germany’s World Cup squad to travel to Brazil this summer.

Arsenal have a growing number of German players in their squad including Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry.

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