May 3, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT
With playmaker Mario Götze having made the infamous switch from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich, Jurgen Klopp will have to look elsewhere to replace the young star.
Schalke youngster Julian Draxler has squashed speculation that he would become Götze’s replacement, telling Germany’s Die Welt, “I can promise once and for all: I will not play for Borussia Dortmund. I will also not be making a move to Dortmund next season.”
The 19-year old specified that playing for his hometown is of the utmost importance. “I think anybody that knows me knows I’m from here” said Draxler. “And from the beginning I can only shake my head at this talk.” Draxler has been in Schalke’s youth system since he was just 7 years old.
This comes on the heels of Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt revealing Draxler has no release clause in his contract, the likes of which doomed Dortmund’s hopes of retaining Götze. Heldt said, “There is no sale clause in the contract, so we do not have to sell him. I feel that Julian is excellent here and has everything to his liking. He is fast becoming the face of Schalke.”
This show of loyalty will provide a major boost as Schalke continue their push for constant European competition. They’re in a tight battle for the 3rd and 4th spots in the Bundesliga, which provide Champions League prizes into the group stage and qualifying stage respectively.
Draxler’s contributions in the attacking midfield have been a big part of Schalke’s success as they continue their challenge at the top of the table this year. He has started 29 league matches, scoring 9 goals and assisting 4 others. In fact, he scored the only goal, a late one, in Schalke’s 1-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach earlier today.
He’s been instrumental in their Champions League success this year as well. Draxler scored a goal and assisted another as Schalke topped Group B over the likes of Arsenal, Olympiacos, and Montpellier.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Draxler, who already has 4 German international senior caps to his name, at an even bigger club in the near future. But at the moment, Dortmund will be required to find someone a little less loyal to fill the hole left by the €37 million departure of Götze.
Sep 22, 2014, 12:37 AM EDT
Toronto FC vs. Chivas USA was the only MLS match to occur on Sunday.
Sep 22, 2014, 12:10 AM EDT
Roundup of Serie A and La Liga matches from the weekend.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT
Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta thinks the referee let Diego Costa off without a red card during their encounter that spurred a red card for the Argentine.
Sep 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EDT
Barcelona beat Levante 5-0 on Sunday to continue their winning streak in all competitions.
Sep 21, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT
Short written and video recap of Sunday’s games.
Sep 21, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT
Manchester City goalie Joe Hart confirmed that he hadn’t discussed a new contract with the club, and Liverpool is a prime candidate for his services, according to the Metro.
Sep 21, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT
More racism was thrown at Mario Balotelli, but this time, it appears law enforcement will get involved.
Sep 21, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT
Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck scored and assisted each other during the Gunners 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
Sep 21, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT
Alessandro Florenzi hugged and kissed his grandmother in the Stade Olimpico stands following his goal in AS Roma’s 2-0 victory over Cagliari.
Sep 21, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT
Everton manager Roberto Martinez laments loss to Crystal Palace, saying that his squad lost its drive for victory.
Sep 21, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT
One England international paid respects to another as a legend scored an emotional goal for his new team against his old.
Sep 21, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT
We didn’t see this coming, and neither did Frank Lampard.
Sep 21, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT
Pablo Zabaleta’s second yellow card changed the game, but a former Chelsea legend came back to haunt them.
Sep 21, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT
Everton started early and saw much of the ball but Crystal Palace got a few breaks and took advantage to pick up their first win of the season.
Sep 21, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT
Mario Balotelli put an LOL up on Twitter at Manchester United’s expense, and subjected himself to some horrible racial abuse.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT
Despite heavy defeat, United’s new attacker scores goal of the season contender.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT
Everton has sewn the seeds for a good run of form and are hoping to build on recent success against a struggling Palace squad.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT
Diego Costa hsa been in fantastic form to begin his Premier League career, and has the chance to fire Chelsea five points clear at the top of the table.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT
Manchester United were left shell-shocked after blowing a 3-1 lead against Premier League minnows.
Sep 21, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
Spurs offered little as James Morrison propelled West Brom off the bottom of the table.
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