Draxler wants out at Wolfsburg

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Germany international Julian Draxler has made it quite clear that he wants to leave Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg.

Draxler, who has been linked with a move to clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus, joined Wolfsburg 12 months ago from FC Schalke 04.

While Draxler's club have stated they expect him to stay, the player says this was never going to be the case after he had recently underlined his intentions to depart.

"Before you go public like that, you really should speak with me first," Draxler told Bild.

"The situation with me is that I made it clear to (coach) Dieter Hecking after we were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the semi-final that I would like to leave Wolfsburg.

"The coach has known about this for three weeks. It’s very surprising that they have been talking about me to the media for weeks. I would have expected things to be different, for example for one of them to come to me and ask me how things are with me," he added.

Despite only having spent a year with Wolfsburg, the winger says his intention was always to move on sooner rather than later, believing the club would have no issue with this.

"When I joined, I was assured – verbally – that I could leave the club whenever the opportunity arose," he explained.

"Both Hecking and (sporting director) Klaus Allofs said this. It was clear that Wolfsburg had good prospects, but also that they were a springboard for me.

"It was always clear to everybody that I would like to join a top club in Europe, if I were to get the chance."