Draxler expecting hostile reception

VfL Wolfsburg winger Julian Draxler returns to the Veltins Arena for the first time since leaving Schalke 04 this weekend and he does not expect a warm welcome.

The Germany international spent more than 10 years with the Miners, coming through their youth ranks, before making the switch to their Bundesliga rivals at the start of this season.

The actual fee the Wolves paid for Draxler remains undisclosed, but according to Schalke general manager Horst Heldt, it was the most lucrative deal in the club’s history.

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs said earlier this week that it would be wrong of the home team’s fans to target the 22-year-old in a negative fashion.

However, Draxler is not optimistic about receiving a warm welcome on his return to Gelsenkirchen after what happened when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer moved to Bayern Munich in 2011.

“This is not a normal game for me,” he told Sport Bild. “I’ve noticed it before with Manuel Neuer after his move to Bayern. I am prepared for the worst. Of the 60,000 spectators, 55,000 will be against me.

“So you have to be tough, eyes down and go. I do not know if I really want to have my family in the stadium.”