Julian Draxler has said that his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain was not based on money, insisting that they are ‘the best club for him at the moment‘.
The 23-year-old creative midfielder has netted ten goals and created three more since his January move from VfL Wolfsburg.
However, a switch to the Premier League seemed to be on the cards for the former Schalke man.
Arsenal were heavily linked with the youngster when still a teenager as he broke through the ranks at Schalke before a long-term injury in 2014 ruined his chance to join the Gunners.
Liverpool were more recently linked with his signature, but reportedly failed in their attempts due to reported wage demands that they could not match.
Draxler joined Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015 as they were viewed as a more attractive option going forward, not least with UEFA Champions League football on offer. Naturally he flourished in the competition, but Wolfsburg were beaten quarter-finalists against Real Madrid and his hopes for success were over for another season.
Training by himself after making it clear that he wanted a move away from Wolfsburg towards the end of last year, it was rumoured that Arsenal would make a formal approach for his services. That move never materialised.
As quoted by the Metro he said, “You know we have been in talks with some clubs in England as well, but this time I decided to make the decision as to what I feel and what I prefer for myself.
“There were some teams that wanted me from the Premier League but it was not like it was very, very close. Football is about making decisions and that’s what I did. I decided that PSG is the best club for me at the moment.”
Draxler has featured on the wing for PSG this season in Unai Emery’s 4-3-3 formation.
In a star-studded squad alongside the likes of Angel di María, Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani, he’ll be hoping to continue earning a regular starting spot as PSG look to improve after a forgettable season both domestically and in Europe next term.