Arsenal target Julian Draxler will not be allowed to leave Wolfsburg this summer, the Bundesliga club confirmed in an official club statement.
In an interview with Bild, the Germany international revealed his desire to cut ties with Wolfsburg and that the German outfit had offered him assurances of an exit when he joined from Schalke 04 last summer, subsequently sparking Arsenal’s rumoured interest.
However, Wolfsburg deny having made any agreement with the player concerning a transfer, going one further by ruling out his departure altogether.
In an official statement, the German club revealed there was no “written or verbal agreement made at any time regarding a transfer of Julian Draxler within the current transfer period up to August 31st 2016.
“This is confirmed by a release clause stipulated with Julian Draxler and his management which only comes into force in the summer of 2017.
“Wolfsburg will not transfer Julian Draxler during the current transfer period. Wolfsburg have explained to Julian Draxler once again in a talk that his express to leave the club cannot be accommodated.”
Die Wolfe’s sporting director Klaus Allofs had claimed over a fortnight ago that he was “100 per cent” sure Draxler would stay at the club, with the 22-year-old now offering his side of the story prior to Wolfsburg’s club statement.
“Before you go public like that, you really should speak with me first,” Draxler told Bild. “I made it clear to [head coach] Dieter Hecking after we were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the semi-final that I would like to leave Wolfsburg.
“When I joined, I was assured verbally that I could leave the club whenever the opportunity arose. Both Hecking and Allofs said this.
“It was always clear to everybody that I would like to join a top club in Europe, if I were to get the chance.”
Arsenal, who’s interest in Draxler dates back to January 2014, were now rumoured to be preparing a club-record bid for the wide playmaker, who today returned to training to hold talks with his current club regarding his future.