Schalke firm on Draxler future

January 06, 2015 12:49:57 UK

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies has dismissed suggestions that Germany midfielder Julian Draxler could leave the club in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a number of top clubs in England, but Tonnies says that any deal would have to wait until at least the summer, with Draxler having struggled with injury problems during the first half of the season.

Tonnies told Sport Bild: “We have absolutely no thoughts about him leaving on short notice. Schalke is the place where he can develop best and I told him that in person.

We have absolutely no thoughts about him leaving on short notice.

Clemens Tonnies

“My opinion is also that Julian has developed greatly, especially regarding his personality.

“He had a setback with his injury and, as with every big player at a young age he had a weaker period. But Julian will have a fantastic career.”

The likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with Draxler, who was a member of the German World Cup-winning squad last summer.

He is under contract in Gelsenkirchen until the summer of 2018, having extended his deal by two years in the summer of 2013 following reported interest from other clubs in both Germany and abroad.

Schalke lie fifth in the Bundesliga as the league takes its traditional winter break, while they have also progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League, where they have been drawn against reigning European champions Real Madrid.

Schalke can be backed at 7.00 to reach the quarter-finals at the expense of Real, who are 1.10 to make the last eight and 3.50 to successfully defend their European crown.

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