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Cui Bono: Possible Madrid Target Julian Draxler Is Interviewed By Marca

A possible charm offensive has been launched as the youngster is interviewed by Marca - but who benefits?

Christof Koepsel

He's very young, Schalke's Julian Draxler. Practically wet behind the ears. He also plays in a slightly more rational league where the press is concerned.

So whether this interview is part of a planned charm offensive before a move to the club, or if the player was simply cornered by Marca and didn't know how to get out of it, or whether Madrid are really interested, or whether Marca want to make sure they are interested, or whether agents or clubs are involved is a little unclear at the moment.

What is clear is that the fresh-faced kid who is setting the Bundesliga alight and got his first start for Germany recently is very respectful about Real Madrid.


I've always said I'd like to play in Spain. I'm proud that Real Madrid is interested. Playing for them would be a dream come true", he enthuses.

Well, perhaps. It sounds rather like what any young man says when cornered by the foreign sporting press. The "enthuses" is pure Marca. But it could be true.

There's more:

Quizzed about the possibility of moving to 'Los Blancos', Draxler calls them "one of the biggest clubs in the world". "I'm proud that they are interested. Playing for Real Madrid would be a dream come true".

Despite his tender years, Draxler has already broken into the Germany squad. "I've played with Özil for the national team: he's a great player and I feel very comfortable alongside him", he notes.

"I'm at Schalke 04 now and am under contract until 2016", he says by way of a parting comment, although when asked if he could be turning out in 'La Liga' sometime soon, he can't help but tease us by answering "maybe".

The "tease us" is pure Marca too. Incredible how little descriptors can change the complexion of an interview.

Mainly: one is reminded of interviews given by, for example, Fábio Coentrão a couple of years ago.

For the record, Draxler was in the original Germany squad for the Euros in 2012. No one expected him to make the final cut, and of course he didn't. That wasn't the point of inviting him. Joachim Löw, a known talent-spotter, just wanted him to get used to being there.

What Marca is up to is always a little less clear!

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