Julian Draxler ends Dortmund rumours with new Schalke deal

Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has ended speculation linking him with local Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and the Premier League by signing a two-year contract extension.

The 19-year-old Germany international's new deal runs until the summer of 2018.

Highly rated Draxler had been linked to Dortmund as a replacement for Mario Gotze, who is moving to Bayern Munich.

On his Facebook page,  Draxler recently said he would have to be "brainwashed" to join Schalke's bitter rivals.

Billboards in Schalke's home city of Gelsenkirchen had hinted at the official announcement that the popular teenager would stay.

Ruhr Valley rivalry

Schalke celebrate a derby win
  • Schalke and Dortmund first met on 3 May 1925 and a fierce rivalry has since developed between them
  • In one of the most famous meetings, Schalke's hopes of a first Bundesliga title since 1958 crumbled with a 2-0 defeat away to Dortmund in their penultimate match of the 2006-07 season. Dortmund produced a specially decorated replica shirt to celebrate the result
  • Schalke have beaten Champions League finalists Dortmund both home and away in the Bundesliga this season.

Lorries bearing Draxler's image and the slogan "With pride and passion until 2018 - contract extended" drove through the city on Thursday, 24 hours before the image appeared on the club's website. 

According to German football magazine Kicker,  the lorries' route included the outskirts of Dortmund, 20 miles away.

Draxler, who joined Schalke at the age of seven and became their youngest ever player when he made his first-team debut at the age of 17, had promised the club's fans that he would never play for their Ruhr Valley rivals.

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt had claimed that it would take a bid of £85m to persuade the club to sell a player who has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.

Draxler has scored nine goals this season, helping Schalke to fourth, the final Bundesliga qualifying spot for next season's Champions League, with two games remaining.

He made his full international debut in Germany's 5-3 defeat by Switzerland in May 2012 and has since won another three caps.