Arsenal and Chelsea receive blow in pursuit of Bundesliga star

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Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt a potentially devastating blow in the race to sign German starlet Julian Draxler after Schalke's general manager insisted that the Bundesliga outfit will retain his services in January.

20-year-old Draxler, who has been at the Gelsenkirchen-based club since childhood, has massively impressed in domestic and European competition at the Veltins-Arena since establishing himself as a permanent first-team fixture.

Such consistent form has seen the German international linked with a move away from his native country, with Premier League leaders Arsenal persistently linked with a potential move for Draxler during a particularly frantic summer transfer window. 

Last week, it emerged that Jose Mourinho's Blues are set to rival the Gunners for Draxler's signature when the market officially re-opens for business during January.

However, if Horst Heldt is to be believed, both Mourinho and Wenger are set to be left disappointed in their respective pursuits of his club's star asset this winter.

"We will retain Draxler," he was quoted by talkSPORT.

"There will be no dramas this winter."

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