Dortmund haven't tried to sign Draxler - Zorc

The BVB sporting director says he respects the 19-year-old's love for Schalke despite suggestions that he was a potential replacement for Mario Gotze
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has moved to deny reports that his side are eyeing Schalke's Julian Draxler as a replacement for Mario Gotze.

The BVB forward is set to join Bayern Munich at the season's end and rumours within Germany had suggested that the Champions League finalists could make a move for their arch rival's teenage star.

"I don't know where or who had these hallucinations," Zorc was quoted as saying by Kicker.

"We have not tried to sign Draxler at the time of the Gotze transfer. Just as I would never work for Schalke, I respect that Draxler is a die-hard Schalke man."

Draxler joined S04 as an eight-year-old back in 2001 and has cemented his status as one of Germany's best prospects since making his debut three years ago.

The 19-year-old, whose contract expires in 2016, recently said he would have to be brainwashed to make the move to his club's Ruhr enemies.