Julian Draxler joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and has spent the last few years in the French capital. As a result, the German shared his concerns over life in Paris.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner spent six years in Paris and left the city this summer to continue his career in Qatar. The 30-year-old recently spoke with SkySports and spotlighted the dangers of living in the French capital.
“In recent years, we have had many cases of break-ins in Paris,” Draxler said (h/t Canal Supporters). “It’s not pleasant in itself, but lately, there have been cases like Donnarumma, who was tied up in his own apartment, and his wife was forced to open the safe, and that sort of thing.
“Just before the decision to come here to Qatar, they also showed up at my door, and in their car, they did not have handcuffs but cable ties to immobilize us. Crime is getting a little out of control in Paris at the moment, and as a father now, I thought, who knows, maybe this is a sign from above to try something else.”
PSG players have been victims of home invasions over the years. Fans can recall Angel Di Maria leaving midgame after reports revealed that his family was home during a robbery. Then, there’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was at home with his significant other when his house was robbed.
Many hope this issue can be resolved so players and their families don’t have to go through this traumatizing experience.
What would it take for Mario Balotelli to join PSG?
Mario Balotelli spent time in French football, playing for OGC Nice and Olympique de Marseille. As a result, many would assume he has a hatred for PSG, considering the countless times the Italian went up against the Ligue 1 giants.
However, that might not be the case. In a recent interview, the 33-year-old stated what it would take for Balotelli to join the French giants despite having played for Marseille.
“What if PSG calls me? No possibility,” Balotelli told TvPlay (h/t Foot Mercato). “No way, since I used to play in Marseille and Nice, so … no way. What if they come with €10 million? In that case, I would accept … For €10 million, I would even join my brother’s team and go play there!”