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Witsel: Bayern wanted to sign me

By Bulinews Team

Borussia Dortmund star Axel Witsel has revealed that Bayern München tried to sign him while he played in China.

Axel Witsel (left) with Dries Mertens.
Axel Witsel (left) with Dries Mertens.Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

In the summer, Axel Witsel decided to leave Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian to join Borussia Dortmund.

Apparently, a move to the Bundesliga was already in question for Wisel about a year and a half ago.

According to Witsel, the former Bayern München coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted to sign him back then, but Tianjin Quanjian didn't want to let him go - and the midfielder wasn't interested in a move himself at the time.

"At that time, I had played in China for half a year. Mr. Ancelotti asked Fabio Cannavaro, my coach at the time, about a transfer and revealed his interest," Witsel told Sport Bild and added:

"Fabio relatively quickly made it clear to him that he didn't want to let me go. That was the end of the topic."

"For me, a transfer wasn't in question at the time - even if Bayern are a big club," Witsel said.

It has been rumored that Schalke were interested in Witsel back in 2011, but the 29-year-old claims Dortmund's local rivals didn't show any concrete interest in him.

"I've heard of that too. But I can tell you: there was no contact," he said.

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