Axel Witsel has been the talk of most transfer window speculation over the past 2 seasons. The Belgium international has most recently been on the radar of Premier League clubs and also in Serie A. With one year left on his current contract with Zenit St Petersburg. Witsel is ready to consider his options at seasons end.
In a recent interview with his teammate Domenico Criscito, he spoke candidly of the reported interest from Italian giants Juventus and Milan, “He’s never given anything away when I’ve tried to discuss the reported interest of Juventus and Milan with him” The interest from Juventus is not a new one as i bianconeri have strongly monitored Witsel, however, ultimately did not sign him when they had the chance. Milan on the other hand, made contact with Witsel, offering a loan with option to buy in 2015, “I can confirm there has been new contact,” agent Francesco Marseglia told Milannews.it. However, it was not pursued.
"I would like to play in a bigger league"
With flooded rumours regarding this highly praised midfielder, Witsel has openly said, "I still have a contract for one more year come June and the club knows how I feel.” Witsel emphasised, “I would like to play in a bigger league," Witsel told La Derniere Heure. There is no hiding his talent which is why he said, "I spoke to a number of clubs last summer.”
The 27-year-old is determined to finish this season on a high with current club Zenit and soon after Euro 2016 with Belgium will then begin to consider his future. Having started out at local club Standard Liege, he first caught the eyes of Portuguese giants Benfica before Zenit forked out €40 million for his services just a year later.