Julian Draxler Talks Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 12:  Julian Draxler of Schalke looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Galatasaray AS at Veltins-Arena on March 12, 2013 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Julian Draxler has spoken honestly about his desire to join one of Europe’s elite clubs.

The 20-year-old midfielder has made it clear he doesn’t feel endlessly attached to Schalke and dreams of moving to the Premier League, La Liga or even to the south of Germany to join up with Pep Guardiola, reports Sky Sports:

The big two in Spain, Real and Barcelona, Bayern (Munich) and a few others from England, namely Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.

I owe Schalke a lot, I have always been at Schalke. I need to emphasise this. But I'm not so rooted here that I could not tear myself away.

I can honestly say that it is my dream to play for one of the big clubs at some point.

Draxler continues to impress in both the Bundesliga and Champions League. He has netted two goals and two assists in nine appearances across both competitions this season, per Who Scored.

The versatile youngster—who plays effectively in attacking midfield roles across the centre or from the left—recently netted a stunning winner in the 1-0 victory over Basel. Blessed with excellent dribbling, aerial strength and a ferocious long shot, Draxler’s range of attributes produce a maturity beyond his years.

Although the starlet acknowledges he doesn’t have to be playing at one of the world’s best clubs in order to claim major praise, Draxler suggests a huge move is the only way for individuals to achieve the "great goals that world-class players have."

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02:  Julian Draxler #8 of the Germany Men's National Team handles the ball against the United States Men's National Team in an international friendly at RFK Stadium on June 2, 2013  in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Imag
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He zones in on Mesut Ozil, a player who exchanged Schalke for Werder Bremen before moving to Real Madrid and eventually Arsenal, per Sky Sports' report:

I've always said I'm a big fan of Mesut Ozil, who ventured abroad and developed at Real Madrid into a world-class player. Just to be a team-mate of his (with Germany) makes me quite proud.

That last snippet may be music to the ears of Arsene Wenger and his backroom staff. The French manager is widely expected to strengthen his attacking options in January, and needs a ball-playing acquisition who also offers physical presence.

Ozil’s instant success at the Emirates—a stint of eight games that has seen him score one goal and lavish teammates with four assists, per Who Scored—could be enough to tempt Draxler toward North London, especially as Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League.

The honest player would certainly face a fight for places at Chelsea, a club that already boast attacking numbers that are difficult to keep happy.

Madrid's capture of Gareth Bale, Isco and the emergence of Alvaro Morata may also make a move to the Bernabeu difficult, while both Barcelona and Bayern Munich also have world-class quality in Draxler's position.

Should David Moyes be tempted into bringing Draxler to Old Trafford, it would almost certainly see the end of Shinji Kagawa’s Manchester United career if he was to be deployed from the left.

Draxler’s ambition highlights a player who will only settle for the best. The German international has been on the radar of many since his club debut in 2011, and is likely to further his development away from Gelsenkirchen in the near future.