“It was always clear to everybody that I would like to join a top club in Europe, if I were to get the chance”
He said: “I made it clear to coach Dieter Hecking after we were knocked out of Euro 2016 that I would like to leave Wolfsburg.
“The coach has known about this for three weeks. When I joined, I was assured – verbally – that I could leave the club whenever the opportunity arose.
“Both Hecking and Klaus Allofs (sporting director) said this. It was clear that Wolfsburg had good prospects, but also that they were a springboard for me.
“It was always clear to everybody that I would like to join a top club in Europe, if I were to get the chance.”
But Wolfsburg hit back almost immediately and denied the the existence of ‘any written or verbal agreement made at any time regarding a transfer of Julian Draxler within the current transfer period up to August 31, 2016.’