A once highly touted Bundesliga talent from Schalke has slowly fallen off the radar, despite playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Just months after Julian Draxler’s arrival in Paris, Neymar arrived with a record transfer fee to play in Draxler’s position of left-wing. Draxler was almost immediately overshadowed by Neymar and has since become less and less of a main offensive force for the Parisians.
Draxler’s name has recently been discussed at Säbener Straße. The 27-year-old German has been playing at Le Parc des Princes since joining Paris Saint-Germain from Wolfsburg back in January 2017. Last year, there were talks of signing Draxler and he was reportedly willing to join Hansi Flick at Bayern Munich. However, this year Draxler is no longer interested in the move.
The name of Julian Draxler was discussed at Säbener Straße. Last year, there were talks and Draxler was willing to join Hansi Flick at FC Bayern. This year, however, Draxler wants to stay in Paris and play with Messi. The same goes for Thilo Kehrer [@cfbayern, @SPORTBILD] pic.twitter.com/BYeh2UtrAP— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 17, 2021
PSG has had quite the summer with acquisitions of stars like Georginio Winajldum and Lionel Messi. While Draxler is contracted until 2024, it seems likely that his playtime will continue to depreciate. Nonetheless, the opportunity to play with Messi is something Draxler is not willing to pass up. The German most likely has his eyes on club football’s greatest achievement, the Champions League trophy. With the current squad his team has, this might be his best chance.
Congrats to Julian Draxler for befriending the cool kids at PSG pic.twitter.com/JjxNuAvG3U— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) August 17, 2021
Sport Bild reports that Thilo Kehrer shares the same viewpoint as Julian Draxler and is not interesting in leaving this summer. Just years ago these players were playing for Schalke. In just a few years, these Germans are now playing for maybe the most talented club in the world at the moment meanwhile Schalke sits in the second division. Crazy to see how much can change in such a short time.