Julian Draxler has revealed his desire to leave Wolfsburg to German news outlet Bild.
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The 22-year-old joined Wolfsburg only last season, to fill in for the Manchester City bound Kevin de Bruyne.
Earlier, Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking had insisted that Draxler was not leaving the club, and told German football magazine Kicker: “We won’t comment on every rumour, but we explicitly decreed that Julian will stay with us.”
However, Draxler has come out to speak about his desire to leave, in an interview with German news outlet Bild.
He said: “I want to leave Wolfsburg, the coach knows for more than three weeks.
“Two days after the semi-final at the European Championships I told him how I see the whole situation and what I want – which is to leave the club.
“It was always clear between all parties that I would like to go to a top international club if the opportunity arises.”
Bild states that as of now, Arsenal and Juventus are the two clubs interested in signing the German international. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer of Draxler for some time now.
Draxler made his Bundesliga debut for Schalke at the age of 17, in January 2011, and in May of that year, he scored the first goal as Schalke 04 won the DFB-Pokal Final. In total, he played 171 competitive matches for Schalke, scoring 30 goals.
Draxler created 36 chances last season, assisting 5 times in the Bundesliga. He scored 5 goals, with a shot accuracy of 61%, playing 1514 minutes in 21 games in the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg.