Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has admitted his interest in moving to England.
He's been highly rated for many years, and now Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has admitted his interest in moving to England in an interview with Bleacher Report - and singled out Manchester United as a possible destination.
"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 league’s in the world, for me, together with Germany and Spain. It is a very good league, it is a crazy league," said the Belgian international.
"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," he added.
Witsel, 26, started his career with Standard Liege before earning a move to Benfica in 2011 - and after starring in Portugal, Zenit forked out £32.5m to land him after just one season at the Estadio Da Luz.
That was seen as a huge coup for the Russian giants, and a return of 11 goals in 65 goals predominantly from defensive midfield is a strong record for Witsel.
Having mentioned Manchester United, he is bound to be linked with a a move to Old Trafford in the very near future, where he would join international team mates Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj.
Even after the Red Devils snapped up Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria in the summer, manager Louis van Gaal still need to improve his midfield options - and Witsel would certainly help that need, even if he would surely cost a pretty penny.