Schalke 04 forward Julian Draxler, who had been perpetually linked with a mid-season switch from the Bundesliga to Premier League challengers Arsenal, has rejected any talk that he will be on the move in the summer as he aims to compete for one more season for the Gelsenkirchen side.
The £26.4 million rated player had an off-season by his own standards last term, returning just two goals and six assists from 25 Bundesliga starts. He was more productive in Champions League competition, though, having netted thrice and assisted once.
In both competitions Draxler remained a constant creator of chances as he provided 71 goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates.
With a player capable of relieving Olivier Giroud of the sole striking burden a mandatory requirement for Arsene Wenger in the summer market, the news that Draxler has ruled himself out of a transfer may receive a mixed reaction.
While the player confirmed the Gunners made an approach for him six months ago: "In January there was an offer from Arsenal but I decided to stay," Wenger may have changed targets, with players like Loic Remy and Mario Balotelli more frequently linked with Arsenal than Draxler.
Talking to BBC correspondent David Ornstein, Draxler said: "I will do the same [reject offers] this summer. I want one more year at Schalke."