Witsel: Bayern wanted to sign me
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.||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.