Schalke 04 midfield maestro Julian Draxler has made it very clear that he expects any attempts by Arsenal to renew interest in a €45m summer deal to prove fruitless, confirming to Bild that he fully intends to stay in the Bundesliga next season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as tried to sign Draxler in each of the last two transfer windows, but on both occasions Arsenal have ultimately proved unwilling to meet the German international's hefty £37m release clause.
The 20-year-old is tied to Schalke until 2018 under the terms of his current deal and is adamant that for now he sees no need to rush through a lucrative switch across the continent, to Arsenal or anywhere else, particularly with Champions League football secure for another season.
He told Bild: "I have absolutely no thoughts of moving.
"It is guaranteed that there will be speculation, but it’s very, very likely I will play [at Schalke] next season."
Draxler helped the Royal Blues guarantee their place in Europe's elite club competition last weekend by scoring in a 4-1 win over Nuremberg, the youngster's sixth of the season in all competitions.
Yesterday's emphatic comments over his future were surely an attempt by Draxler to quell exit rumours ahead of attempting to cement his place in Germany manager Joachim Low's World Cup plans, after being named in a preliminary 30-man squad for the finals last week.
Arsenal will surely keep tabs on the playmaker's progress despite this latest admission though, with the money to fund the move if Schalke do eventually decide to cash in on their most prized asset.