By Pranav Shahaney

19th May, 2021 | 6:15am

Leeds handed Draxler transfer blow as he signs new PSG deal

Leeds United have been handed a major blow in their quest to sign Julian Draxler from Paris St. Germain this summer.

Draxler, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, was heavily tipped with an exit from the Parc des Princes, but manager Mauricio Pochettino convinced him to extend his contract at the club.

The German attacker recently put pen to paper to a new three-year deal at PSG – ensuring he stays until the summer of 2024. [Daily Mail]

Since Pochettino’s arrival at the club, Draxler has found himself getting more playing time which was pivotal in him extending his stay at the club.

Marcelo Bielsa, who has been influential in shaping Pochettino’s journey to an elite coach, has missed out on signing a player who he reportedly wanted since the start of the new year.

Fellow Premier League side Arsenal were also keen on signing the 27-year-old, but like Leeds will now be licking their wounds.

Better options out there

Draxler may have won the World Cup seven years ago, but he’s always struggled for consistency – even when playing for quality sides.

He hasn’t scored or assisted on more than five occasions in a league season since the 2012/13 campaign with Schalke 04.

Since then he’s had bad luck with injuries too, but even when fit has never cemented his credibility for his domestic or national side.

While we would welcome another wide player, we desperately need to strengthen in midfield and at left-back and they are positions the club must be focusing on.

Signings like Draxler would be big-name ones that would make the fans happy, but it is the acquisitions like Raphinha and Diego Llorente, the ones that come with little to no hype, that suit a Bielsa side.

He wants hard workers off the ball and there continue to remain doubts about the German’s fitness and his ability to sustain Murderball for the course of 10 months.

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