Wolfsburg have taken evasive action to kill speculation that Julian Draxler could leave the Volkswagen Arena this summer.
Yesterday, Bild published an interview with the winger in which he declared his eagerness to quit the Bundesliga outfit.
“I want to leave Wolfsburg,” he said. “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.”
It was a bold move designed to force the hand of his employers, but it appears not to have worked.
After hauling the player in for a meeting, Wolfsburg have released the following statement:
“The Supervisory Committee and the Board of Directors at VfL Wolfsburg Fußball-GmbH feel the need to comment on the interview with Julian Draxler which was published in the ‘BILD’ newspaper, in order to clarify the current situation and dispel any possible resulting rumours.
“VfL Wolfsburg wish to make it absolutely clear that at no time did those responsible at the club make either written nor oral commitments on the transfer of Julian Draxler within the current transfer period, which is due to end on August 31st, 2016. This is reiterated by a contractual release clause agreed upon with Julian Draxler and his management, which does not come into effect until summer 2017. VfL Wolfsburg will not be selling Julian Draxler during the course of the current transfer period.
“In joint discussions with Julian Draxler, VfL Wolfsburg again made it clear that they would not be granting the player’s wish to make a move. We now consider any possible uncertainties to have been eradicated and that all parties can revert back to a professional and responsible collaboration for the good of VfL Wolfsburg and, in particular, for our fans.”
Draxler has been on Arsenal’s radar for quite some time but it appears this is a move that won’t be happening anytime soon. Oh well. Next…