Wednesday, 5th February, 2014

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies has ruled out Bayern Munich as a potential destination for Julian Draxler, leaving the way open for a move abroad, with Arsenal very keen on the attacking midfielder.

Draxler was strongly linked with joining Arsenal in last month's transfer window, but no move took place, despite multiple reports a deal was all but done.

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Schalke were happy to keep hold of the Germany international, but with Draxler having a €45.5m release clause in his contract which is active in the summer, the Ruhr giants may have the decision taken out of their hands soon.

But Tonnies believes that Draxler will at least not go to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.


"Draxler does not want to go to Bayern Munich, I think. I can rule that out almost one hundred per cent", Tonnies was quoted as saying by Voetbal Primeur.

"He's a super talent, that is still playing for Schalke.

"There are ever bigger clubs coming into the market, but maybe we can keep him for one or two more years."

Draxler's current contract at Schalke runs until the summer of 2018, but it is doubtful whether he will see that out in Gelsenkirchen.

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