Julian Draxler, 19, is one of the hottest young prospects in European football and he attracted the attention of a host of European heavyweights throughout the transfer window.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid were all linked with deadline day moves for the Schalke youngster - but the German spurned all their advances in favour of staying in Gelsenkirchen.
He is confident he made the right decision, in an important season for him, ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Draxler told FIFA: "The World Cup is at the end of the season and you always need time to get used to a new team.
"On top of that, I'm convinced I'm at the right club with Schalke. We haven't had a great start to the campaign and I was a bit disappointed after the first few games.
"But I think we took another important step forward after signing Kevin-Prince Boateng. We've got a strong team.
"I want to be in the first team with my club and take on more responsibility. That's the only way I can play myself into contention for the national team."
New Schalke signing Kevin Prince-Boateng, a summer signing from AC Milan, was full of praise for his new team mate.
"If you have a Julian Draxler wearing the number 10 in your squad, it's easy to take," Boateng told Sport Bild.
"He's the best player in the world at his age. Young players like him with so much talent deserve to wear the No.10."
Boateng also talked of his surprise move to Schalke, likening the move to a relationship with a woman.
"Schalke told me they'd like to sign me. And I told them that I'd like to make the switch.
"For me, it's like a relationship with a woman."
"When you say you want to be together with her, and she says the same, you always find a way to make it possible.
"I'm currently dating Schalke."
Schalke have built a promising team for the current season, and if these two alone can perform, fans at the Veltins-Arena could be in for a successful season.
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