'It's not about Jurgen Klopp' - International attacker explains January transfer decision
By Harvey Byrne
January signing Julian Draxler has explained that he chose to join Paris Saint-Germain in the winter due to the club feeling as though it was the best for him despite Premier League interest.
The 23-year-old was highly sought after in January after it emerged that he would be open to leaving German club Wolfsburg.
A number of top-flight English clubs were interested in securing his signature and the Times claimed that the Merseyside giants were preparing to rival Paris Saint-Germain for his signature after being warned off Christian Pulisic.
However, Draxler ended moving to the cash-rich French side and he has now told that it was not due to money, but because he felt that the capital club were the best for him while also mentioning Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as well as the Reds specifically.
“You know we have been in talks with some clubs in England as well, but this time I decided to make the decision as to what I feel and what I prefer for myself,” told Draxler to BBC World Service, as quoted by the Sport website.
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“There were some teams that wanted me from the Premier League but it was not like it was very, very close.
“Football is about making decisions and that’s what I did. I decided that PSG is the best club for me at the moment.
“It’s not about Jurgen Klopp, about Liverpool or about different clubs from England.
“It was just my opinion that I am the best player for PSG at the moment – so that’s what I decided.
“I chose a great new step in my career because PSG is a really, really great club . They have big goals, they want to reach big things and that’s why I want to be part of it.
“I did not – and will not – decide my club just for the money.”
Draxler has become an instant success in France and has returned a stunning 10 goals and three assists in his first 23 appearances for the club.
The 28-time capped Germany international is also contract to Paris Saint-Germain until 2021, meaning that he is unlikely to be on the move again anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Liverpool left the January window without bringing anyone in and Klopp will now be looking for players who he feels can help the club became an established feature in England’s top four once again.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a report has detailed the Reds’ stance on wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.