Arsenal target Julian Draxler urged to reject interest

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Schalke 04 chief executive Clemens Tonnies has urged Julian Draxler to reject any approach from Arsenal and remain at the Veltins Arena.

It has been widely reported that Arsene Wenger is prepared to offer big money to secure the 20-year-old from the Bundesliga in the January transfer window.

Some reports suggest that Wenger will offer £37.5m, thus meeting the player's transfer release clause while The Sun reported that Arsenal will offer £20m plus Lukas Podolski.

However, Tonnies believes Draxler will profit from staying at Schalke not just for the rest of this season but next season too.

"I am of the opinion that Julian should play for Schalke next season. That's my personal advise to him," Tonnies told Bild.

"He should not let the interest from abroad play with his head. It's best for his development when he can play without much pressure and with a clear mind.

"Looking back, at the start of the season he was under a lot of pressure then and the exact same thing will happen again if he moves.

"There are a number of big clubs after him, but we have no intention of selling him this winter. Even if we do not qualify for next year's Champions League, that doesn't mean we will have to sell Julian."

Draxler's current deal, which was only signed last summer, will keep him at Schalke until the summer of 2018, putting the club under little pressure to sell unless the release clause is met.

The 20-year-old has played 14 games in the Bundesliga this season scoring one goal and assisting four.

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