Julian Draxler Dents Arsenal Hopes By Announcing Intention To Stay With Schalke

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Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow with the news that midfield target Julian Draxler has announced that he intends to stay with Schalke next season, according to Sky Sports.

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The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners since last summer, and he reportedly came close to joining the club during the January transfer window.

Many expected Arsene Wenger to make a return and wrap up a deal for him this summer, but with four years still remaining on his current deal at the Veltins Arena he has reiterated his desire to stay at the club for the foreseeable future.

“Of course, I am expecting some unverified rumours coming up throughout this summer. But it is very, very likely I will play for Schalke next season,” he said.

“I am able to seriously confirm I do not have any thoughts on leaving the club this summer!”

Draxler, who will head to the World Cup with Germany this summer, is fresh off the back of a successful season with Schalke after helping them secure third spot in the Bundesliga table.

A product of the club’s youth system, he became the youngest Schalke player to make 100 Bundesliga appearances recently while he has already been capped 10 times by his country.

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