'I was the bogeyman' - Draxler out to attract big clubs again

Arsenal were tracking the Germany youngster in January, but the player feels his performances last season do not warrant a potential suitor matching his £37 million buy-out clause
Schalke star Julian Draxler has suggested his performances last season scared off potential suitors and is now keen to "attract the big clubs again".

Goal revealed that the Gunners were lining up a bid for the Germany international back in January, with Draxler himself confirming that Schalke blocked a potential switch to Emirates Stadium.

Draxler feels his £37 million buy-out clause was a hindrance at times, with the specuation perhaps affecting his performances, but is now ready to kick on in the new season.

"The [buy-out clause] stayed with me," he told Bild. "I did not play like 20 clubs were ready to pay this sum for me last season. I have to become attractive to big clubs again.

"Now I know what it's meant to be the bogeyman. After the derby loss to Dortmund, it felt like I was the only one who was blamed for it."

Draxler scored just two goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances last season, but is hoping to reach double figures - as he did in 2012-13 - and help Schalke challenge for a Champions League qualification spot in 2014-15.

He continued: "This season, 10 goals should be possible for me. If our squad stays together, we can compete for the top three places. We can compete with Dortmund and Bayern."