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‘German Express’ to leave PSG after all…change of heart, Qatar imminent
Julian Draxler, 29, who was expected to stay at Paris Saint-Germain (France-PSG), has left the club. After refusing to travel to Qatar due to family issues, he finally changed his mind and is heading to the Middle East.
Florian Plettenberg, a reporter for the German edition of Sky Sports, announced on Thursday (July 14) on social media that “Draxler has agreed to join Al Ahli (Qatar). The contract runs until 2025 and the transfer fee is more than 20 million euros ($28.3 billion),” he wrote exclusively.
Draxler is an attacking midfielder who was once considered one of Germany’s top talents. After making his debut for Schalke 04 in 2011, he went on to play for Wolfsburg and then PSG. He was never a regular starter, but his creativity and skill made him a standout performer.
However, he gradually began to lose his place in the starting lineup, and last season he spent a season on loan at SL Benfica (Portugal). He returned to PSG this summer, but was unable to break into the first team due to the influx of competition from the likes of Lee Kang-In (22), Marco Asensio (27), and Ousmane Dembele (26), and spent time on the fringes of the second team.
He was expected to be released, but his declining form and substantial wages meant that interest from big clubs was low. Crystal Palace (England), concerned about the departure of Eberechi Eze (25), approached, but failed to resolve Draxler’s salary issues.
Al Ahli then approached Draxler. The Qatar Stars League has an open transfer market until mid-September. PSG, looking to organize their squad, responded positively to Al Ahli’s offer and hoped to make a move, but the player refused to travel to Qatar due to family issues.
After some time, Draxler changed his mind and accepted the offer. “Draxler has changed his plans and will travel to Qatar on Wednesday evening,” Plettenberg 바카라 said. “He will arrive in Doha on Friday or Saturday. The medical tests will take place in Qatar and are scheduled for the weekend.”
The paperwork is expected to be finalized the very next day. With this, PSG will send another player to the Middle East after Marco Verratti (30-Al-Arabi). Neymar (31, Al-Hilal) and Abdou Diallou (27, Al-Arabi) also boarded a flight to the Middle East, ending their PSG careers.