Typically, clubs tend to offer player’s improved contracts when they want to leave.
Leicester City, for example, gave Jamie Vardy a pay rise to convince him to snub Arsenal. The motive is clear: we don’t want you go to so here’s some extra cash.
However, Wolfsburg aren’t as kind as Leicester. They proved that this week in their treatment of German star Julian Draxler.
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The young forward is angling for a move away from the Bundesliga outfit, with Arsenal reportedly among the interested parties.
But Wolfsburg don’t want him to leave. And, though the Gunners aren’t thought to have made the 22-year-old a priority, he’s been fined but his club for attempting to force his exit.
German newspaper Bild have chronicled Draxler’s tumultuous week, from his interviews with the media on Tuesday to discussions about a £85,000 fine on Friday.
They’ve even given it a catchy title: “The Draxler Circus in day-protocol!”
Draxler: Wolfsburg lied to me
It all started on Tuesday, when the former Schalke man conducted interviews with the press. He voiced his frustration at not being allowed to leave Wolfsburg, claiming he’s been lied to by the club.
The following day, Draxler attended a meeting with his manager, Dieter Hecking, and Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs. The club then released a statement warning Arsenal that he would not be living this summer.
On Thursday, the matter intensified. Draxler claimed to have missed training through a knee injury but in actual fact he was having another meeting with members of Wolfsburg’s board.
It was in that meeting where Draxler, who shone at Euro 2016, was told about a potential fine.
He then boarded a plane to Austria, where Wolfsburg’s pre-season preparations are continuing.
The club’s training camp began on Friday. As Draxler trained with his teammates, discussions regarding an £85,000 fine, which is one week’s wages, commenced.
This information was relayed by the Telegraph.
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