Schalke hope to keep Draxler

  • Last Updated: February 5 2014, 9:11 GMT

Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies hopes he can convince Julian Draxler to stay another year with his club, although he knows the Germany international will leave eventually.

Julian Draxler: Expected to move from Schalke in the summer
Julian Draxler: Expected to move from Schalke in the summer

Draxler was subject of a considerable bid from an unnamed club this winter and while he can leave for a set fee of 45.5million euros in the summer, Tonnies hopes he will stay.

"It would do Draxler good to spend another year or two with us," said Tonnies at the SpoBiS exhibition in Dusseldorf.

"But we know we're not going to be able to keep a super-talented player like Julian at Schalke forever.

"If another club comes in for him, then we cannot block them. That would be unfair.

"I don't think he wants to join Bayern Munich, though."

Draxler is still contracted to Schalke until 2018 but interest is growing in the player, who became the youngest ever Bundesliga player to make 100 appearances while still only 19 last March.

The 20-year-old is a 1/3 chance with Sky Bet to join Arsenal in the summer.


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