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Favre: 'Witsel is not ready for the starting eleven yet'

By Bulinews Team

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre says new signing Axel Witsel will need some time to adjust.

Axel Witsel.
Axel Witsel.Photo: Светлана Бекетова/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0
The expectations are high for Axel Witsel at Borussia Dortmund following the Belgian international's €20 million move from Chinese side Quanjin Tianjin.

However, after Witsel made his Dortmund debut as a substitute in a test match against Lazio yesterday, BVB coach Lucien Favre underlined that the 29-year-old will need some time to adjust before he's ready for the starting eleven.

"I hope that he will play an important role - of course," Favre told RevierSport and continued:

"He is an experienced player who has played with Belgium at the World Cup, but he's of course not ready for the starting eleven yet. He has been following a training program during his holiday, but he needs a little time."

Witsel has signed a contract with Dortmund until 2022.

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