Julian Draxler not ready for Premier League move

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Schalke 04 chairman Clemmens Tonnies has told Julian Draxler to continue his development at the club for the next few seasons.

The German starlet has become known as one of the top youngsters in world football, attracting the interest of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

However, despite the intensifying interest, Tonnies believes the best place for the 20-year-old to continue his career is the Veltins Arena.

"It is not yet decided where the path really leads for Draxler," the 69-year-old wrote in his column for Bild.

"He identifies himself with Schalke, which is currently his sporting home. He is an exceptional talent with great prospects for a bright future.

"But his development is far from complete. For such a young man step into a top European team is difficult. Right off the bat to be a regular is a great challenge.

"Therefore, one must very carefully weigh up the decision because the development options are better for young players, if you are constantly used, instead of only hoping for occasional substitute appearances.

"With Draxler I feel the time is not yet come for a change. I would recommend that he mature at Schalke for a while and continue to perform in the national team. 

"Schalke is his home and he is enjoying an atmosphere in which he can develop faster."

Arsenal were thought to be trying to broker a deal for Draxler in the January transfer window with reports suggesting a delegation had been sent to Germany with a view to returning with the youngster.

However, the Gunners were not nearly as close to signing the forward as the media had us believe but a summer move for the player was thought to be on the cards.

Manchester United and Chelsea are both ready to rival Arsene Wenger in the summer with £37m believed to be enough to secure his signature.

David Moyes and Jose Mourinho both hold the player in just a high regard as Wenger, but Wenger sees the player's future in the striker role; not the wide left position he currently plays in for Schalke.

Wenger has a history of transforming wingers in to strikers having already weaved his magic of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.

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