Wolfsburg sign Schalke’s Draxler

Wolfsburg (Germany), Sep 1 (IANS) German international footballer Julian Draxler has joined Wolfsburg from Bundesliga rivals Schalke.

On the last day of the transfer window in Germany on Monday, Wolfsburg reacted on the departure of their midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and signed Draxler, reports Xinhua.

Draxler, who was part of Germany’s World cup winning squad in Brazil, agreed on a transfer from his youth club after putting pen to paper on a deal until June 2020.

“Julian was our desired candidate and through the departure of Kevin de Bruyne we were able to realise the signing. We are delighted that he opted for Wolfsburg to remain in Bundesliga. We are convinced that Julian will continue to evolve with us,” Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs said.

Wolfsburg’s new arrival made overall 170 appearances for Schalke and provided 30 goals and 29 assists. He is, in addition, since May 2012 part of Germany’s national squad where he scored one goal in 15 caps.

“Wolfsburg is a new challenge for me. I want to continue to play football on a top level. Wolfsburg offered me excellent prospects and has an extremely strong team. I am looking forward to the Champions League,” Draxler said.

Both Bundsliga clubs agreed to keep silence over the transfer details. Nevertheless, German media reported that the ‘Wolves’ paid 35 million euros.

Dieter Hecking’s men clash with Bundesliga newcomers Ingolstadt at the fourth round on September 12.

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