Julian Draxler has revealed that he is ready to leave Wolfsburg just one year after joining the Bundesliga club amid interest from the likes of Arsenal.
The 22-year-old, who starred for his nation at EURO 2016, moved to the Volkswagen-backed outfit from divisional rivals Schalke despite serious interest from a host of big European clubs.
Following his performances in France for his country, Arsenal’s interest has reportedly been piqued, with talk of a £50m move having done the rounds.
And now in an interview with Bild, Draxler has lifted the lid on his situation at Wolfsburg, claiming that he’s ready to leave and he was made promises regarding big opportunities upon signing for his current side:
“I clearly told [Wolfsburg coach] Dieter Hecking after the European Championship that I wanted to leave Wolfsburg.
“The coach knew for over three weeks. It really surprised me that for weeks they talked to the media about me. I expected that differently, for instance that someone would approach me and ask how I see it. Before they said something publicly, they should have also talked with me personally first.
“Two days after the European Championship semifinal I told [Hecking] how I saw the whole situation and what I want for myself – specifically to leave the club. Now I am back in Germany and again people are talking about me to the media instead of talking with me directly. Now I want to say something about it.
“When I moved in August 2015, I was verbally assured that I could leave the club if opportunities presented themselves. Both by Hecking and from Allofs.
“It was always clear between all the parties involved that I wanted to go to an international top club if I had the chance.”
Draxler is a versatile attacking midfielder who is able to play on either flank, as a ‘No.10’ or even as a withdrawn striker.
The youngster netted for Germany at EURO 2016 in a comprehensive win against Slovakia.