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Draxler says Wolfsburg blocked his exit

Wolfsburg midfielder and German international Julian Draxler says that the club stopped him from leaving during the summer transfer window.

Draxler, 23, joined Wolfsburg last summer from Schalke 04, and had a pretty successful 2015/16 campaign, scoring six goals in 23 Bundesliga appearances. Prior to joining Wolfsburg, the midfielder made 119 league appearances for Schalke.

With Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly showing interest in Draxler, the player expressed his desire to leave the Volkswagen Arena, but the club blocked any transfer.

“I did not get the chance to switch clubs because Wolfsburg did not allow me to leave,” Draxler said. “There was a lot of speculation during the summer and some things were true, while others were false. There will likely be more speculation in January, but I will not initiate anything.

“I am only human and what has happened has not left me unaffected. Football is business, though, and you have to focus on the task at hand. It is not always easy, but I know what’s expected from me. I will work hard to do just that.

“We had some differences of opinion, but we have set those apart. There is no issue any more. Of course, it is not easy to forget what happened in the summer, but that is now in the past.”

Draxler has made 25 appearances for the German national team, and was part of the World Cup winning squad in 2014, and represented his country at Euro 2016 in France over the summer.

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