Julian Draxler believes Schalke has enough strength in depth to challenge for trophies this season.
The midfielder, who signed a deal in May to keep him at the Veltins Arena until the summer of 2018, is one of the hottest prospects in German football currently, which has seen him being linked with Real Madrid. But it is the prospect of winning some silverware with Jens Keller's men which Draxler says fills him with a burning desire.
“The aim is to take one of three titles. I think that this team is ready for that,” Draxler told Bild. “We are tightening the net to catch the teams above us."
Draxler caused a stir last week when he admitted that he would fit nicely into club rival Borussia Dortmund's midfield following interest shown by Jurgen Klopp's men this summer. BVB has enjoyed a revival in recent years winning the Bundesliga twice in the last three seasons, and the teenage starlet is hoping Schalke can emulate their arch-rivals' recent success.
“The last three years have been decisive for Dortmund. Before that, Schalke were always ahead of them," Draxler said. “Now we have reached the point where we again proceed slowly. The plan is, of course, to overtake them again and we are well positioned for this.”
Schalke won the DFB Pokal in 2011, but last won the UEFA Cup in 1997 and have gone more than 50 years since last winning the Bundesliga, back in 1958. To help the club mount a challenge this season it has recruited defender Felipe Santana from Dortmund, highly rated youngster Leon Goretzka from Bochum and Mainz striker Adam Szalai this summer.