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Axel Witsel reveals he chose Dortmund over PSG and Manchester United

By Rune Gjerulff

Axel Witsel says Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United showed interest in him last summer before he opted for a move to Borussia Dortmund.

Axel Witsel.
Axel Witsel.Photo: Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund star Axel Witsel claims he could potentially have joined Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United when he was looking to leave Chinese side Tianjin Tianhai in the summer of 2018.

But after holding talks with Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, sporting director Michael Zorc and head coach Lucien Favre, the central midfielder decided that he wanted to come to Signal Iduna Park.

"I also had other offers, maybe I could have gone to Paris or Manchester, but I did not want to 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," Witsel said in an interview with Goal and DAZN and added:

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

"Maybe it was my last chance at 29 years old. It was the right decision," Witsel said.

Witsel has made 46 appearances for Dortmund with six goals and three assists to his name.

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