Chelsea transfers: Julian Draxler ‘fully focused’ on Schalke

Chelsea transfers: Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler plays down speculation suggesting he is set to leave in 2013/14

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Julian Draxler has moved to play down speculation that he could leave Schalke 04 in the near future amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s brightest prospects after he scored 10 goals and made three assists in 30 appearances in the Bundesliga last season.

“I have read that I will definitely leave in 2014, but that’s nonsense. It’s by no means a certainty that I will stay at Schalke for just one more season,” Draxler told Bild.

“I am fully focused on the upcoming season for now and 2014 is still far away. If I receive some financially interesting offers again next year, I will sit down and evaluate what’s best for me.”

Draxler also revealed that he received a big-money offer from an interested club but the Germany international is happy with his current deal at Schalke.

“It’s difficult to even think about this kind of money. I have rejected the chance to earn a lot of money. But it’s not as if I have to live on bread and water here,” Draxler added.

“The sporting challenge is more important to me than the financial rewards. And Schalke are very important to me.

“Plus it was not a good time to switch clubs just one year before the World Cup. Even though I do not doubt my own qualities, there’s no guarantee that I’d be a regular at another club.”

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