Thursday, 22 August 2019

I could have joined Real Madrid - Axel Witsel

Borussia Dortmund star Axel Witsel has opened up about how he almost joined Real Madrid some years back when he wanted to play in Europe.

Speaking with Goal and Dazn, Witsel revealed he was almost close to signing for the Spanish Side in 2012 but he optioned out because they signed Luka Modric.

'I could have joined Real Madirdwhen Jose Mourinho was there. But then Real signed Luka Modric, so a transfer to Madrid made no sense to me,' Witsel Reavealed

'shortly before the end of the transfer period, Zenit called. I had good discussions with the people responsible and finally agreed. I am an open person and was not afraid of Russia.'

Witsel also revealed that he almost joined Juventus on a free transfer from Zenit when his contract got expired but later decided to continue with the Russia side.

'My contract with Zenit expired and I wanted to move to Turin to Juventus, I had  already passed the medical check and actually had to sign the contract,' He continued

'I waited all day in the office and Zenit told me to come back. In retrospect, that was perhaps a twist of fate. Maybe it was just not the right time.'

Witsel went ahead to explain how he moved to Borussia Dortmund from China after he spoke with the Bundesliga side Sporting director and coach.

'First [Dortmund sporting director] Michael Zorc approached me, then [manager] Lucien Favre called me.'

'I also had other offers, maybe I could have gone to Paris or Manchester, but I did not wait. And I had the feeling that I was the first choice for Dortmund. It is important to feel good when you go to a new club.'

'So after the talks with Zorc, Favre and [CEO] Hans-Joachim Watzke, I decided to join BVB. Dortmund is a top club - and I really wanted to join a top European club.

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