It was all going so right for Julian Draxler.
The Schalke starlet was making huge waves in the Bundesliga, hailed as one of Germany’s brightest stars and with a possible big-money move on the horizon, with both Arsenal and Bayern Munich heavily linked.
But now Bild reports that the 20-year-old with the £37million release-clause could miss out on a spot in this summer’s World Cup squad. This just a day after Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt said he believed Draxler would still be at the club next season.
Draxler was reportedly left out of Joachim Low’s last squad as he had only just returned to match-fitness.
But the latest report claims his spot at Brazil 2014 is “in danger”, despite the fact that he plays more regularly for his club than some of those challenging him for a place – the likes of Andre Schurrle and Lukas Podolski.
The paper also believes Draxler is currently in a period of discovery, as he seeks to improve and perhaps ultimately find the club at which he can become the best possible player.
There is still time for the wide-man-cum-play-maker to stake his claim in Low’s squad. But as Bild raises the question of whether Draxler will be enjoying a beach holiday or a trip to Brazil this summer, it appears the youngster’s immediate future could be as unsure as his longer-term destination.