Wolfsburg winger Julian Draxler says he wants to leave the team after just one season, contradicting statements made earlier by the club.
The 22-year-old German international joined Wolfsburg last summer from Schalke 04. After 34 appearances and nine goals, he wants to move onto a bigger club in Europe. Draxler was not pleased with the comments made by the club that he was going to stay another season.
“Before you go public like that, you really should speak with me first,” Draxler told German newspaper Bild.
“The situation with me is that I made it clear to (head coach) Dieter Hecking after we were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the semi-final that I would like to leave Wolfsburg.
“The coach has known about this for three weeks. It’s very surprising that they have been talking about me to the media for weeks.
“I would have expected things to be different, for example for one of them to come to me and ask me how things are with me.”
Draxler also said that he had a verbal agreement with the club that he would move onto a bigger club if their was a bid for him.
“When I joined, I was assured – verbally – that I could leave the club whenever the opportunity arose,” Draxler said.
“Both Hecking and (sporting director) Klaus Allofs said this. It was clear that Wolfsburg had good prospects, but also that they were a springboard for me.
“It was always clear to everybody that I would like to join a top club in Europe, if I were to get the chance.”
Arsenal is one of the clubs that have been linked with Draxler this summer.