I will definitely be at the World Cup, insists Draxler

The youngster says playing in this summer's tournament in Brazil is his ultimate aim for the season, and is confident that he will secure a place in Joachim Low's Germany squad
Schalke's Julian Draxler is adamant that he will be part of the Germany team competing in this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The Royal Blues attacking midfielder has ten senior caps to his name, scoring once in a 4-3 friendly defeat against the United States last June, and is regarded as one of Europe's most promising young talents.

However, despite a fairly indifferent domestic campaign with Schalke, scoring only once and contributing seven assists in 23 Bundesliga games, the youngster believes that fully capable of achieving his aims for the season, with World Cup participation the main goal.

"First of all I want to achieve direct qualification for the Champions League with Schalke," 20-year-old was quoted by Der Westen.

"That would be perfect. But then I will go to the World Cup - no question."

Draxler's confidence in his ability is shared by the Gelsenkirchen outfit's general manager, Horst Heldt, who believes that the talented forward will reject interest from European clubs such as Arsenal to continue his development at the club.

"For Julian the right way is just as it is now," the 44-year-old German said.

"I am firmly convinced that Julian is staying with us - it makes us very happy to say that."

Schalke are currently third in the Bundesliga with 58 points from 31 games, seven behind second-placed Borussia Dortmund who have played a game more.