German wunderkind Draxler extends Schalke deal

AFP, Monday 20 Jun 2011

Schalke 04 said on Monday that 17-year-old Bundesliga wunderkind Julian Draxler has signed a four-year contract to stay at the German club until 2016

Schalke's Draxler (Photo: Reuters)

Draxler first came to prominence in January by coming off the bench to score a spectacular winner in the quarter-finals of the German Cup, and has since won attention from Germany coach Joachim Loew, who called him a "great talent."

In the cup final against MSV Duisburg in Berlin last month, Draxler unleashed an unstoppable half-volley from just outside the penalty area in the 18th minute, which put his team on the path to their fifth cup success.

Since February, he has been combining football training with school studies in the shadow of Schalke's Veltins Arena stadium in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany.

Schalke had a disappointing season aside from their cup triumph, finishing 14th in the league and parting company with coach Felix Magath and with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is moving to Bayern Munich.

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