Julian Draxler: 'I lost sleep over Real Madrid, Manchester City offers'

Draxler: 'I lost sleep over Madrid, City offers'
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Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler admits that he suffered sleepless nights while considering summer offers from Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler has revealed that he struggled with a decision over his future this summer.

Draxler was linked with a string of European clubs including Real Madrid and Manchester City, but he ended speculation by signing a new contract with the Royal Blues.

The 19-year-old told Bild: "I had sleepless nights about it. I was on holiday in Egypt with my girlfriend and sat alone on the balcony thinking about what to do.

"It was not an easy decision. You never know whether you will ever get such an offer again. In the end, I followed my heart and decided to remain at Schalke."

The German international also declared that he would never be persuaded to sign for Schalke's bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund.

"Unless they brainwash me, I will never join Dortmund," he said.

Schalke have included a £39.3m release clause in Draxler's new contract, which runs until 2018.

Schalke's Jefferson Farfan is congratulated by team mate Julian Draxler after scoring the opening goal against Hannover on January 18, 2013
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