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Draxler confident of his role at PSG

Despite the fact that his team signed Neymar and Mbappe, Julian Draxler remains confident about his chances to play in Paris.

PSG have boosted their attacking options this summer, bringing in the two most expensive players in history. Neymar Jr. was bought from Barcelona for €222m, while Monaco are set to receive €180m next summer for Kylian Mbappe.

These two transfers ensure that PSG now has enough quality in the attack to challenge for the Champions League trophy. But the transfers also mean that some of the attacking players that were already at PSG will have far less chances to play regularly.

Julian Draxler only signed for PSG last summer and was seen as an important part for the future of the team. But his first season in Paris was below expectations and now it will be even harder for him to impress. However, the 23-year-old is not afraid of competition and believes he can still play an important role in PSG’s team.

Draxler only came on as a substitute twice this season, but he thinks he knows the reason for that: “I only played two games for a short time [on the pitch] in Paris, but I came back to training four weeks later than other players because of the Confederations Cup. That’s something which is forgotten about in the media sometimes”, the 23-year-old told RTL.

The German scored a goal in his national team’s victory over Norway and used the opportunity to send a message to his club team. After the match, Draxler said: “The 90 minutes [against Norway] have been very, very important for me. I also sent a sign to Paris that they can bank on me. I am greatly looking forward to playing with [Neymar and Mbappe] — but, if players are bought for €222m or €180m, they have an advantage on paper. But I am confident — that’s why I didn’t think about leaving Paris.”