Expelled from Paris Saint-Germain, Julian Draxler joined Benfica on loan this summer. Before his reunion with PSG this Wednesday in the Champions League, the German has not yet managed to win in Lisbon.
Draxler scored against Maritimo (5-0) on 18 September.
As part of the third day of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain has an appointment with Benfica Lisbon this Wednesday (21:00). The opportunity for the Parisian players to meet a familiar face in the opposing ranks: Julian Draxler.
90 minutes played
Pushed to leave the Paris management this summer, the 29-year-old player is now playing in the colors of the Portuguese club as part of a € 2.5m loan, with no possibility of redemption. How is this new experience going? So far the attacking midfielder has only played 90 minutes with the Eagles.
A low playing time that is partly explained by the physical condition of the German. Knee, who was operated on last April, only resumed competitions on 10 September, playing 45 minutes against Famalicao (1-0). The former Schalke 04 player then played 4 minutes against Juventus Torino (2-1) in the Champions League, then 22 minutes against Maritimo (5-0) and 19 minutes against Vitoria Guimaraes (0-0).
1 goal in 4 appearances
Since his arrival in Portugal, therefore, Draxler has not yet played a match in its entirety and must find the rhythm. Which leaves him with little hope of participating in the next World Cup in Qatar with Germany. Although he still stood out by hitting a superb goal against Maritimo, with a missile in the skylight. His only goal so far scored for Benfica.
This Wednesday, the former Wolfsburg player is still expected to start on the bench against Paris SG. If Roger Schmidt brings him onto the pitch at the Stade de la Luz, he will undoubtedly want to show himself and silence his detractors in the French capital, where for some seasons he has been dragging the image of a player who prefers his comfortable salary than him. on the ground. Plus, the Gladbeck native is still costing PSG money.
PSG still pays Draxler
In the edition of the day, L’Equipe explains that Benfica has agreed to pay an annual salary of 2 million euros net to Draxler, who should have received 4.2 million euros net in Paris this season. Paris SG therefore compensates, in part, by paying him a bonus of € 1 million in addition to a € 500,000 bonus. In total, the player will therefore receive € 3.5 million this season, less than he would have received while staying in the French capital. But the Parisian management has pledged to pay him an annual salary of € 5.5 million in 2023-2024, if he honors his last year on his PSG contract. A scenario that the French champion will undoubtedly try to avoid.
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