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The Serie A champions had thought they were
closing in on signing the playmaker, who says
he always favoured remaining in Germany
Julian Draxler has revealed he decided to leave
Schalke for Wolfsburg rather than join Juventus
because he felt he had a better chance of
realising his full potential by staying in

Massimiliano Allegri's side had made the
attacking midfielder their primary transfer target
before the close of the summer window and
wanted to wrap up a deal for the 21-year-old
over the weekend.

However, Draxler instead joined Schalke's
Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg on deadline day,
much to the disappointment of Juve, who
promptly signed Hernanes from Inter to address
their outstanding need for a trequartista.

Draxler has now explained that although he felt
the time was right to leave Gelsenkirchen,
moving to Italy never truly appealed to him. The
Germany international added that his one regret
is being signed by Wolfsburg to replace Kevin
De Bruyne rather than getting the chance to line
up alongside the Belgian, who has joined
Manchester City.

"I left Schalke because I wanted a change of
scenery," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"But I think that in Germany, in relation to Italy, I
can grow more and better develop my
characteristics. The Bundesliga is an
environment that I already know.

"I'm only sorry to have not arrived here to find
De Bruyne. It would have been great to play
with him."

Although the exact figures have not been
disclosed by either party, Schalke did announce
they have received a club-record fee for
Draxler, with reports suggesting Wolfsburg paid
approximately €35 million.

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