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Germany midfielder Draxler joins PSG from Wolfsburg
January 3, 2017 / 11:02 AM / a year ago

Germany midfielder Draxler joins PSG from Wolfsburg

PARIS (Reuters) - Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has joined Paris St Germain on a four-and-a-half year contract from VfL Wolfsburg, the French champions said on Tuesday.

Football Soccer - Germany v Northern Ireland - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group C - HDI Arena, Hannover, Germany - 11/10/16 Germany's Julian Draxler celebrates scoring their first goal Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic

The 23-year-old was a member of the victorious Germany squad at the 2014 World Cup.

“For the first time in my career I will discover a new country, a new league and I am very proud to take this step in one of the best clubs in Europe,” Draxler said in a club statement.

French media reported he is joining for a transfer fee of 36 million euros ($37 million).

Draxler has been hailed as one of the best attacking midfielders of his generation but has struggled for consistency. He could make his PSG debut against Bastia in a French Cup last-64 game on Saturday.

Draxler was booed by Wolfsburg fans last month in a home Bundesliga defeat by Hertha Berlin after he reiterated his desire to leave the club.

He was dropped from the squad for the following fixture, a trip to Bayern Munich that ended in a 5-0 defeat.

Draxler will compete for a place in the PSG starting line-up with France international Hatem Ben Arfa, Brazil winger Lucas and new Argentine signing Giovani Lo Celso.

PSG have endured a difficult start to the season, finishing second behind Arsenal in the Champions League group stage and sitting third in Ligue 1, five points behind leaders Nice midway through the campaign.

Editing by Ed Osmond

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