Arsenal target refuses to rule out Bundesliga stay

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Arsenal target Julian Draxler has refused to rule out a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

The 20-year-old had been linked with a move to Arsenal throughout the January transfer window but was unable to seal a move to the Premier League as the Gunners did not meet his £37.8million release clause.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was expected to go back in for the German starlet in the summer but it now seems the Frenchman could face stiff competition from Bayern Munich.

Few players choose to swap Schalke for fellow Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich due to the rivalry between the two sides.

However Manuel Neuer chose to move to the Allianz Arena after progressing through the ranks at Schalke - despite saying he would never join Bayern Munich.

Draxler, on the other hand, has said that he will not follow Neuer in shutting the door on Bayern Munich.

He told "I’d prefer not to comment on all those rumours.

"Look at what happened with Manuel Neuer. He was 100 per cent convinced that he would never join FC Bayern but, after having played as a pro for five years, time made him change his opinion.

"I also can’t say what I will think in five or six or maybe even 10 years.

"And when you rule something out entirely and you end up playing where most people don’t want you to be, the outcry is huge."

Draxler's suitors will want to conclude a deal for the Schalke star before next summer's World Cup as his stock is expected to rise after the tournament in Brazil.

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