Not only Juventus was a real option, also Bayern Munich hengelde recently for his services, tells Axel Witsel to Sport/Voetbalmagazine during an exclusive interview in China.
Since last winter, plays Axel Witsel for Tianjin. He feels happy, tells the midfield, also does his team better than expected: ‘We are still a little one in the Chinese football, but we have some respect acquired in view of our results. Because we are from the second class came, expecting everyone that we are for the preservation were to fight, nothing more. We have a very ambitious chairman, that is clear. He would like next year we already have Champions League to play. The first three are qualified. We are not so far behind the third, but on the podium finish will be difficult. The first three of the current standings are Guangzhou Evergrande, the team of Luiz Felipe Scolari and Paulinho, Shanghai SIPG, that of André Villas-Boas and Hulk, and Hebei, that of Manuel Pellegrini and Ezequiel Lavezzi… and Actually is the fastest way to us to qualify for the cup win, which also entitles you to a ticket for the Champions League. The fastest, but not the simplest, because we play against Shanghai SIPG and if we win against Guangzhou Evergrande… A heavier draw wouldn’t have been possible. We don’t have a chance.”
As well had Whitewash now for Guangzhou played, reveals he. ‘Just after the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, I have had contact with Shanghai SIPG, the club of Villas-Boas. For a number of reasons that did not make it. Afterwards Cannavaro me will be contacted and I decided to come here. I have somewhat the same role as at Zenit, something offensiever even. I get more freedom, I’m almost a number 10. I’m no Kevin De Bruyne, because I have other assignments, but I play a little bit different with the national team.’
This summer there was another team on the up. A European greatness. Whitewash: ‘Everyone thinks the hire is a dungeon. But I’m with you a scoop: two weeks ago called Carlo Such as for Fabio Cannavaro to ask me if contact. He wanted to me at Bayern. That is the proof that you are in the European professional football cannot forget because you are in China playing football. But Cannavaro has Such replied that he needed me to be. I should keep this in mind, he is the one who get me to here.’
And if Cannavaro green light had been given to negotiate? ‘Bayern is always Bayern… I could go to Juventus, but Bayern, that is still a step higher. Well now, I just wanted to demonstrate that I have not forgotten, ” said the Red Devil.
Read the full interview with Axel Witsel in our Plus-zone or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 5 July.