Julian Draxler has revealed Schalke blocked his move to Arsenal during the January transfer window.

Officials representing Arsenal had flown out to Germany in order to negotiate a deal for the 20-year-old but were unwilling to match the £37.2 million valuation - also the players release clause - set by the Bundesliga side.

“The fact is, [Schalke general manager] Horst Heldt had offers for me this winter,” Draxler told Sky Germany.

“I’m happy about that. On the other hand, it shows the respect I enjoy at this club, even if Heldt refuses without me being asked."

When asked if he would be moving this summer, Draxler replied: "I haven't thought that far.

“The next three months will be difficult, I want to play a better second half of the season with Schalke because I want to play for Germany at the World Cup. That's the main aim."

Having missed out on the midfielder, Arsenal are expected to reignite their interest in Draxler at the end of the season.

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt, who denied he had even held talks with Arsenal on January 30, claims the German club's refusal to sell Draxler was due to the club being unable to sign a replacement.