Julian Draxler: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe signings 'no reason to leave' PSG

Julian Draxler has accepted that he faces competition for a role in Unai Emery's Paris Saint-Germain starting XI after the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and is relishing the challenge of establishing himself as a key figure in an overcrowded attack.

Draxler, 23, scored one goal and assisted another as he played 90 minutes for the first time this season in Germany's 6-0 World Cup qualifying thrashing of Norway in Stuttgart on Monday.

He is now aiming to get his PSG campaign off the ground after a slow start caused by his late return from summer holidays after Confederations Cup duty this summer.

"I was really fired up for this match, it was my first in a while," Draxler told kicker postmatch at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. "The club has bought one of the best players in the world in Neymar, and one of the best talents in Kylian."

Draxler added that he was unwilling to quit just because of Neymar and Mbappe signing and that he had received no indication from PSG that they wanted to sell him this summer, despite links with Arsenal, Liverpool and Bayern Munich towards the end of the transfer window and reports that Emery has told Draxler he will feature less than he did last season.

"That is no reason to leave, though," Draxler said. "Those signings are part of such a club. Just like at other big European clubs. Bayern or Real Madrid have four, five, six players for the positions up front, and that is why leaving was not an issue for me, and as far as I know also not for Paris.

"I am confident enough to rise to the competition and prevail in such a team. I am looking forward to getting to know the lads better on the pitch, and I believe we are in for one or the other spectacle."

With Neymar and Mbappe now on board, Draxler is looking forward to PSG's two Champions League group stage clashes with Bayern.

"Until now, my teams only had outside chances against Bayern," Draxler said. "But now we are definitely at eye level with Bayern. Those will be two very exciting and good games."

Draxler's teammate for club and country, Kevin Trapp, has found himself behind Alphonse Areola in Emery's pecking order so far this season and said he is disappointed to have not featured more.

"I have very big goals and high expectations for myself, and thus naturally it is not nice to not play the first matches," Trapp told Frankfurter Rundschau. "But it is a new situation for me. It was similar at the beginning of last season.

"I am convinced that it will take a similar turn and I will prevail. I know that I have quality. And I will not mope, but rather will work even harder."

Trapp said he spoke with Emery at the start of this term but that he is also not constantly pressuring his manager, while also acknowledging the rumours that linked Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a Parc des Princes move this summer.

"There was one talk [with Emery] before the season," Trapp said. "But I am not the guy constantly addressing this.

"There were other keepers linked with Paris in the media but I did not really look at them. I cannot change anyway. I prefer to keep myself busy with things I can influence through performance."

Despite not currently being Emery's starting goalkeeper, Trapp says that his future is in Paris, where he has a long-term contract.

"I have signed a five-year deal at Paris two years ago," he said. "I am proud and happy to be here. The club is and will remain my first point of contact. I wanted and still want to play here by all means.

"It is a big project, developed over several years. We have a really good team, and this summer a few really good players were added. I have great ambitions, and I am far from thinking about leaving early only a few games into the season. We want to achieve great things at Paris."