MX23RW : Saturday, December 14 10:27:44| >> :600:9682551:9682551:

Axel Witsel: 'I turned down Manchester United in 2018'

Witsel: 'I turned down Man Utd in 2018'
© Reuters
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel says that he rejected the chance to join Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in 2018.

Midfielder Axel Witsel has revealed that he turned down both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in order to sign for Borussia Dortmund last year.

After deciding that he wished to leave China last summer, Witsel was not short of options before eventually penning a deal with the Bundesliga outfit.

However, the Belgium international has claimed that United and PSG also expressed an interest in his signature ahead of last season.

The 30-year-old told "First Michael Zorc approached me, then Lucien Favre called me. 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.

"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 has since made 46 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions.

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Axel Witsel

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Jadon Sancho pictured for Borussia Dortmund in February 2019
Read Next:
Man United 'eyeing £100m January Sancho deal'
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

Premier League
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
League One
League Two
Scottish Premiership
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Ukrainian Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Club World Cup
Welsh Premier League
NIFL Premiership
Australian A-League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
European Champions Cup
European Challenge Cup
2Leicester CityLeicester16122239102938
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd165741916322
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
19Norwich CityNorwich1632111734-1711

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!