Schalke head-coach Jens Keller has confirmed that emerging star Julian Draxler will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season, but only if his release clause is met.
The German international had been repeatedly linked with a move to Premier League side Arsenal this summer, and Keller's admission now means that the move is even more likely to happen.
Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt confirmed recently that the club had rejected a bid from an 'unknown' side during the January transfer window, with the club thought to be Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side.
Draxler, who has recently returned to the Schalke side following injury, is thought to be prepared to leave the club this summer with Arsenal expected to return with a second bid.
Sporting director Heldt also confirmed that Draxler's £42million buy-out clause was only in place for last year, but coach Keller has confirmed that it can still be activated at the end of the season.
And Keller admitted he is thrilled to still have Draxler's services for the remainder of this season at the very least.
"I am delighted that we have him on board for the second half of the season, but because of his clause, he can leave when a club puts the money on the table," he told ESPN.
"That's why I can't plan with him- because it is just not in my or our hands. It's a god-awful situation when, as the coach, you don't know whether such an important player will move on, but Julian was injured at that time, so at least any unrest did not necessarily affect the other players."
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