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Axel Witsel reveals that he has been a fan of Manchester United since childhood

3.30K   //    21 Jan 2015, 20:31 IST
Belgium International Axel Witsel hopes that one day he would play for a top club in Europe

Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel revealed that someday he would like to play with one of the top clubs of Europe and has been a childhood fan of Manchester United. The 26-year-old joined Zenit St Petersburg from Benfica for €40 million in September 2012 and has two and half years more left on his contract at Petrovsky Stadium.

Witsel’s Belgium International teammates Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Marouane Fellaini are already playing for top Premier League clubs and current reports have linked Witsel with move to follow in his colleague’s footsteps. However, Witsel refused a potential move elsewhere in Europe but revealed that he would consider moving to England in the future. He also expressed his affection for Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United.

He told Bleacher Report in an interview, "I want to play in one of the top clubs in Europe one day,”

"It's true that I like the Premier League because it is one of the best leagues in the world, for me, together with Germany and Spain,” he added. "It is a very good league; it is a crazy league. A lot of my colleagues play there, but we will see. I am still young, only 26. We'll see in the future. I have always liked Manchester United from when I was young."

I am here in Qatar: Axel Witsel

Witsel denied all the speculations that suggested he could leave Zenit in January. He said that he has heard nothing about a transfer and is fully committed to the Russian giants.

While denying his transfer rumours, he said, “These rumours are in the newspapers. I don't know anything about it. I am here in Qatar, training to be focused on my team, Zenit, and to try to regain a good physical condition.”

"Even during the holidays, I did not think about leaving. I am focused," he concluded,

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