Bundesliga starlet expects Schalke stay
Julian Draxler believes that he will still be a Schalke player next season
Schalke starlet Julian Draxler has emphasised his commitment to his childhood club that he joined over ten years ago.
The 19-year-old has recently been linked with a move away from the Gelsenkirchen club to rivals Borussia Dortmund, but Draxler insists that he will continue to play at Schalke next season.
The midfielder recently brushed off the possibility of a switch to Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park after Mario Gotze's departure by saying: "if I won't be brainwashed, I won't be playing for BVB in the next years."
After helping in their bid to secure a Champions League spot by scoring the only and winning goal in Schalke's crucial victory against Borussia Monchengladbach, Draxler told Bild: "I very much assume that I will be playing here next season. That was a really big win. We are all very happy,"
The Germany international then referred to the fifth yellow card he had picked up, ruling him out of their last home game of the campaign.
"I'm just sorry that I won't be playing at the last home game. That was not the smartest action from me," he added.
The club's general manager Horst Heldt asserted his intentions of keeping the Gladbeck-born midfielder at the club - unless an astronomical bid arrived from a top club.
"We want to keep Julian for a long time," Heldt said. "But if Barcelona or Real Madrid offer €100m..."
Draxler has recorded nine goals and three assists in a campaign where Schalke sit fourth in the Bundesliga, still fighting for a Champions League play-off position.
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