Arsenal have suffered a major blow in their attempts to sign Julian Draxler after the Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt insisted the club have no intention of selling the midfielder.

Heldt said he was "convinced" the highly-rated 20-year-old Germany international would be staying at the club – both in January and beyond the summer.

"We are happy to have such a world-class player in our lines. I am very convinced that Draxler will be playing for us in the Rückrunde [second half of the season] but most probably beyond that," he said at a news conference on Thursday. "We are not interested in letting Julian leave, and he has also not approached us about a transfer."

Arsenal sent their chief transfer negotiator Dick Law to Gelsenkirchen in an attempt to agree a deal but Heldt added: "I checked my office if someone was waiting for me, but nobody was there.