Germany international midfielder Julian Draxler earlier today signed for reigning French Ligue 1 champions FC Paris Saint-Germain. Signed from Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, Draxler signed a contract at PSG which will keep him at the club until summer 2021.
“I am delighted to welcome Julian Draxler to the Paris Saint-Germain family,” declared club Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. “The transfer of this highly sort after Germany international reconfirms just how attractive our club is to the world’s most talented players. He has all the qualities to play a major role in the club’s project and become a fan favourite. With the signature of Julian Draxler, we are maintaining Paris Saint-Germain’s extremely high ambitions, where all our supporters want us to see their club succeed.”
Aged only 23, Draxler is one the best German attacking midfielders, notably for his dribbling skills, the quality of his crosses and his sense of putting the team first. After coming through the youth system at FC Schalke 04, he joined the Germany squad at just 18 years of age for a game against Switzerland on May 25, 2012. A member of the UEFA EURO 2016 squad in France, the Gladbeck-born Draxler now has 27 caps, and took part in Die Mannschaft’s 2014 FIFA World Cup win in Brazil, a year before he moved to Wolfsburg.
At his two German Bundesliga clubs, Draxler totalled 153 Bundesliga appearances and 47 European games, including 34 in the UEFA Champions League, a competition in which he reached the quarterfinals in the 2015/16 season.
“It is with great joy and anticipation that I join Paris Saint-Germain,” said Julian Draxler after signing his contract. “For the first time in my career, I’m going to discover a new country, a new league, and I’m very proud to take this new step at a club which has become a benchmark in Europe and has signed a lot of great players in recent years. I will do everything to help Paris Saint-Germain win new trophies and continue to grow internationally.”