Arsenal target Draxler explains why he didn’t consider exit

Date published: Tuesday 5th September 2017 9:25

Julian Draxler has explained why he “didn’t think about leaving Paris” this summer.

Draxler emerged as a target for both Arsenal and Liverpool in August, with PSG reportedly telling the winger he was for sale.

The player’s agent moved to refute those suggestions soon after however, but a move never materialised.

The 23-year-old has instead stated his intention to challenge for a starting role at PSG, despite the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

“I only played two games for a short time [on the pitch] in Paris, but I came back to training four weeks later than other players because of the Confederations Cup,” Draxler told RTL. “That’s something which is forgotten about in the media sometimes.

“The 90 minutes [against Norway] have been very, very important for me. I also sent a sign to Paris that they can bank on me.

“I am greatly looking forward to playing with [Neymar and Mbappe] — but, if players are bought for €222m or €180m, they have an advantage on paper.

“But I am confident — that’s why I didn’t think about leaving Paris.”

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