Arsenal January signing target Julian Draxler is now talking about leaving Schalke to join Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich.
The 20-year-old midfielder was the subject of a January bid from the Gunners, but the amount offered was not enough to match the German sides 45€ buyout clause leaving the youngster to remain in Gelsenkirchen.
According to the Evening Standard newspaper when asked by German website www.derwesten.de if he thought his future was with pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena, Draxler replied: “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 broke into the Schalke first team when he was only 17-years-old in 2011 and has now gone on to become the youngest ever player to make a 100 appearances in the Bundesliga.
Last May the young German signed a new contract with Schalke that will see him stay at the club until 2018 and he admits that he is quite happy to remain where he is adding: “I extended my contract because I feel fine here and the long-term deal shows the appreciation and popularity I enjoy at Schalke.”
The contract however does have a 45€ million buyout clause which could very well be tested this summer as many of Europe’s top clubs look to rebuild their teams.
“It’s no secret that I have a get-out clause in the contract and so from year to year, the possibility exists, at least to think about what is best for my development,” Draxler added.
“Of course, the clause leaves a lot of room for speculation, but it is also good for both sides.
“It’s good for Schalke because the club does not have to let go of me on the cheap and, in their worst-case scenario, they would still get a lot of money for me.