The summer transfer window closed earlier this week and for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler, it was a sigh of relief knowing that he was not sold. Draxler was heavily rumored to leave PSG over the transfer window for several reasons, including the fact that his current contract is set to expire next year. Still, no team pushed to sign Draxler and he is now projected to stay on with the club for the rest of the season.
Many clubs were also not aggressively attempting to sign Draxler considering his underperformances from last season. Draxler spoke to Sport Bild about the season that just did not go his way.
“Last season didn’t go well at all,” Draxler said. “Whether it is sporting or in relation to my injuries and there is also a premature end because of the Covid-19. It was definitely a season to forget for me.”
Following the underperforming campaign, Draxler gave consideration into possibly leaving the club over the transfer window.
“In the summer I was busy trying to do something else,” Draxler said. “Due to the corona situation, it was ultimately difficult to find a club where I would have said: it goes well together, I definitely want to. That was not the case, so I decided that I would not dare to take a quick shot and continue looking for my chance at Paris.”
For Draxler, he had a checklist in mind on just what kind of team he would prefer to sign with. Still, no such team came forward with an offer for Draxler, and now he is looking forward to soon becoming a free agent.
“The overall package just had to be right,” Draxler said. “That I can imagine playing in the club, that good football is played there and that I play an important role – that would be the great sense of a change at this point, one year before the European Championship.
“Next year things will look easier if I am free and another club doesn’t have to negotiate a transfer with Paris.”
Draxler also added that he recently spoke to manager Thomas Tuchel about his situation with the club, and he is hopeful that opportunities to feature for the team will consistently come his way throughout the rest of the season. He is now surely hoping to put together a strong campaign in what could be his final season with PSG.
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