Earlier this month, Julian Draxler made it clear in no uncertain terms that he is not going to leave Schalke this summer, and now his agent Roger Wittmann has reiterated that stance.
The Germany international midfielder endured a disappointing second half of the 2013-14 season after an impressive first six months. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has never publicly said it, but the Gunners were widely reported to have made a last-ditch attempt to sign the 20-year-old during the January transfer window.
Arsenal were expected to return for one of Europe’s most promising and talented young attacking midfielders in the summer, but the German youngster stated earlier this month that he has “absolutely no thoughts of moving” away from Schallke. Of course, players say things like that all the time only to eventually leave, however, this time it does genuinely appear that Draxler does not want to leave, not this summer anyway.
That’s because his agent has now stated that the youngster wants to remain at Schalke.
‘He has to feel comfortable and he has to be happy,’ Wittmann told Goal.com. ‘Julian's desire is to play for Schalke next season’.
A poor five or so months should not decimate Draxler’s value, who at the tender age of 20 has already played over 100 Bundesliga matches. His emergence has been a key reason why the Royal Blues have finished in the top four in each of the past three campaigns.
There was a recent report in The Express claiming that Arsenal manager Wenger wanted Draxler to play in Mikel Arteta’s predominantly defensive midfielder’s role. For an attack-minded player like Draxler who can who play down the middle or slightly wide, that was not a situation that he would have been “comfortable” or “happy” about.
Arsenal’s loss is Schalke’s gain. Expect Draxler to shine for Germany at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil and show the world what he can do as an attacking midfielder.