New Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore believes he would not be the player he is today if it was not for the season he spent on loan at Hull. ;
The 23-year-old completed his move to the Stadium of Light from AZ Alkmaar on Monday and returns to the Premier League three years after his stint at KC Stadium, in which he managed just one goal in 28 games.
Draxler, however, is keen to stay at the Veltins Arena next term ahead of the 2014 World Cup and has rejected an informal inquiry from Chelsea. The option of a pre-contract agreement for the 2014-15 campaign was also mooted by the Premier League club.
The young German, who signed a contract extension with the Gelsenkirchen club in May that runs until 2018, has already been capped six times by the senior German national team and is already establishing himself as a key part of an exciting young side that also boasts the considerable talents of Mario Gotze and Marco Reus.
“I have read that I will definitely leave in 2014, but that’s nonsense. It’s by no means a certainty that I will stay at Schalke for just one more season,” Draxler told Bild earlier this week.
“I am fully focused on the upcoming season for now and 2014 is still far away. If I receive some financially interesting offers again next year, I will sit down and evaluate what’s best fo r me.”
Since returning to west London, meanwhile, Mourinho has pressed ahead with plans to reshape the club’s forward line having signed Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, as well as giving Romelu Lukaku assurances that he will be given first-team opportunities having impressed while on loan at West Brom.
After missing out on Paris Saint-Germain-bound Edinson Cavani, Mourinho has also sanctioned the pursuit of Aston Villa’s want-away striker Christian Benteke and deemed both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba as surplus to requirements. Meanwhile, Sporting CP have rejected an offer of €4 million (£3.4m) for their Portugal youth international Bruma.
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