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Draxler happy at Schalke

March 22, 2013
By ESPN staff and Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Julian Draxler has said he is “honoured” to have attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs but suggested that he could extend his Schalke contract until 2018.

Julian Draxler
GettyImagesJulian Draxler wants to play regularly in the Champions League

Germany international Draxler, 19, has been in exceptional form this season, and Bild reported that he is a target for Italian giants Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

“I know there are offers from some of the top European clubs,” the player told Bild. “I think that is an honour.

However, when asked whether he would be willing to sign a new five-year deal with Schalke, he said: “Everything is imaginable.”

Schalke reached the last 16 of this season’s Champions League, where they were beaten by Galatasaray. With the club currently fourth in the Bundesliga, Draxler is hopeful that they will be involved in next season’s competition.

“Schalke is super club,” he said. “We have every chance of qualifying for the Champions League again. I am optimistic we will do so, and certainly it is my goal to constantly play in the Champions League.”

Meanwhile, Draxler has been touted as a potential candidate to play in the ‘false nine’ position for Germany and hopes his versatility may boost his chances of establishing himself in the first XI.

“My favourite position is central midfield,” he said ahead of the World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan. “But we have quite a few others who play the No. 10 position, like Ozil, Gotze and Kroos. That is a lot of competition. I have learned to be versatile and swerve to the left or right.

“I have played in attack during my youth days. I was a ‘nine and a halfer’.”