On Tuesday evening German newspaper Bild published an interview with Julian Draxler, in which the Wolfsburg player made clear his intention to leave the club.
Speaking to Bild, Draxler said “For me it is so that I have expressed myself clearly after the Euros, with Dieter Hecking, that I want to leave Wolfsburg. 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.”
Within 24 hours, Wolfsburg have published an official response.
‘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.’
This is never a sign of certainty, the past has shown that, but what it does make clear is Wolfsburg are prepared for battle. If Draxler leaves this summer then it’s only going to be on their toughest terms, all goodwill has gone.
Wolfsburger Allegmeine picked up the story on Wednesday, and covering Arsenal and Juventus interest, the newspaper sent a clear message: ‘€70m, €80m or higher transfer fee does not seem unrealistic’
The ball has been passed back to Draxler and it will be interesting to see how the Germany international now reacts.