Julian Draxler rejects Chelsea speculation

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Chelsea's attempts to find a replacement for their star midfielder Juan Mata, who could leave the club this summer, have taken a hit - after Schalke prodigy Julian Draxler rejected a bid by the Blues to sign him as the Spaniard's successor.

According to, the 19-year-old Draxler had been considered a potential cheaper alternative to the existing Stamford Bridge favourite, although he is keen to remain in Germany for next season.

However, the offer is a sure sign that Chelsea officials are contemplating selling Mata - for two years running, their lauded Player of the Year - in order to raise funds for various other big-name summer buys.

The Spain international is, meanwhile, seeking talks with new boss Jose Mourinho to clarify his future, having been granted additional leave from the club following his part in the FIFA Confederations Cup in June.

The returning Jose Mourinho has also sanctioned moves for Napoli hotshot Edinson Cavani, as well as Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, but will now need to look elsewhere to strengthen his midfield.

Draxler told reporters that he is keen to stay at the Veltins Arena next season in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and is understood to have dismissed an informal inquiry from Chelsea scouts.

"I have read that I will definitely leave in 2014, but that's nonsense. It's by no means a certainty that I will stay at Schalke for just one more season," Draxler told German newspaper Bild earlier this week.

"I am fully focused on the upcoming season for now," the German youngster continued. "If I receive some financially interesting offers again next year, I will sit down and evaluate what's best for me."

So it appears Draxler will not be joining Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen as Chelsea's second Bundesliga signing of the summer.


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