Borussia Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc has hit back at Schalke 04 over the future of Julian Draxler.
Draxler, 19, had been linked with Borussia Dortmund as a possible replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Mario Gotze. The attacking midfielder still has three years left on his contract at Schalke 04, Dortmund's biggest and longest rivals in the Bundesliga. Some two weeks ago, Draxler had rubbished all talk of a switch to Dortmund and explained he would never wear Die Schwarzgelben's colours if he wasn't "brainwashed".
When the dust had settled, Schalke general manager Horst Heldt upped the ante earlier this week. Speaking to SportBild he claimed Dortmund had been flirting with Draxler for a long time, which was no surprise to him "since Julian is one of Germany's top players".
On Wednesday, Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc hit back at Schalke. "I don't know who is having the hallucinations over there," Zorc said. "At no time during the Gotze transfer have we made an effort to sign Julian Draxler. Just like I would never work for Schalke, I respect that Draxler is a Schalke diehard."
Ahead of the 2010-11 season, Dortmund had been trying to lure Draxler, who was then aged just 16. But talk of a transfer cooled when Felix Magath gave Draxler his Bundesliga debut on January 15, 2011 in a 1-0 defeat to Hamburg. Since that day Draxler has made over 100 appearances for the Royal Blues.