Schalke cannot stop Arsenal target Draxler from leaving, says Keller

The Gelsenkirchen side have acknowledged that the attacking international could be on the move at the end of the season if a club matches his €45.5 million [£37.3m] buy-out clause
Jens Keller has admitted that Schalke have no way to stop Julian Draxler leaving if an interested club matches the Germany international's €45.5 million [£37.3m] buy-out clause.

Goal exclusively revealed Arsenal were weighing up a January move for the Germany international, with the Bundesliga outfit confirming they rejected a late bid for the player as a proposed move did not materialise.

However, Keller has conceded that Draxler could easily depart Gelsenkirchen in the summer.

"I am very happy that Julian is still at Schalke for the second half of the season. [But] we cannot stop him from leaving when a club meets his buy-out clause," Keller told Sport Bild.

"That makes it's hard for me to plan with him, because his future is not in Schalke's hands.

"The Draxler situation in January was unnerving. It's ridiculous when you don't know as a coach whether such an important player will leave or stay.

"The unrest didn't really affect the team, though, as he was injured at the time."

The 20-year-old, who has a contract with Schalke until June 2018, has netted five goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for his club this season.