VfL Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has backed coach Valerien Ismael’s decision to omit midfielder Julian Draxler from his squad for Saturday’s clash with FC Bayern München.
The Germany international was booed by the Wolfsburg faithful during the 3-2 loss against Hertha Berlin, having previously reiterating his desire to leave the club.
Wolfsburg have endured a torrid season thus far and occupy 15th position in the table, having picked up 10 points from a possible 39.
“That is a decision that was taken by our coach alone,” Allofs told Sky Sports. “Our coach has said for the past few weeks that he wants to closely monitor who he can count on.
“We are in a very difficult situation and it only works when everyone has the feeling and shows that they are prepared to help the team.
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“Last weekend we saw in particular that it is of course very difficult for Julian at the moment.
“The reception by the spectators in Wolfsburg was not that friendly, which is partly understandable, but I believe that given the situation he can’t help us in a difficult away game overall,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Bayern coach Carlo Ancellotti has ruled out the possibility of signing Draxler, saying his team is complete.
Draxler has reportedly piqued the interest of a number of top teams in Europe, but Ancellotti says he has no intention of making a move for the 23-year-old in Janaury.
“Draxler is a very interesting player. Full stop,” Ancellotti told reporters.
“He can play in any team. Our team is complete. We won’t do anything in winter – there’s no market for us,” he concluded.