Schalke urge Draxler to snub Arsenal

Goal exclusively revealed that Arsene Wenger is plotting a January move for the attacker, prompting the Bundesliga side's chief executive to advise him to reject a move away
Schalke CEO Clemens Tonnies has urged Julian Draxler to snub Arsenal in favour of a prolonged stay at the Bundesliga outfit.

Goal exclusively revealed on January 11 that Arsene Wenger is plotting a January move for Draxler, and plans to convert the left-sided attacker into a central striker, like Robin van Persie or Thierry Henry.

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Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt insisted last week that the club are yet to received a concrete offer for Draxler's services, but previously admitted that a January exit is possible - though Tonnies hopes he will stay.

"I am of the opinion that Julian should play for Schalke next season. That's my personal advise to him," Tonnies told Bild.

"He should not let the interest from abroad play with his head. It's best for his development when he can play without much pressure and with a clear mind.

"Looking back, at the start of the season he was under a lot of pressure then and the exact same thing will happen again if he moves.

"There are a number of big clubs after him, but we have no intention of selling him this winter. Even if we do not qualify for next year's Champions League, that doesn't mean we will have to sell Julian."

Last summer, Draxler signed a new contract which will run until 2018 and contains a €45.5 million [£37.5m] buy-out clause.