Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Axel Witsel insists he will not cost £31.6m this summer

Stoke City are also said to be keen on the player.

Popular Premier League target Axel Witsel has been talking about his future this week.

The Belgian has insisted he wants to leave Zenit Saint Petersburg this summer in order to move to a bigger European league.

He is quoted as telling La Derniere Heurre:

“I still have a contract for one more year come June and the club know how I feel. I would like to play in a bigger league.

“I cannot say that I will 100 per cent leave, but we have not held talks over a new deal and my intention is to leave this summer. I want to focus on finishing the season on a high, then there's the Euros and then we will see what happens."

As deadline day approached last summer Tottenham Hotspur found themselves linked with the Zenit midfielder.

The Telegraph reported Spurs were considering a move for the Belgian powerhouse. Then reports in Italy, from Calcio Mercato, went on to suggest Tottenham had bid €26 million (£18.9 million) for the player – which would have rightly got Tottenham fans excited.

In the end Zenit put an end to the story. They told TACC that Witsel was for sale only at the price of his release clause - a whopping £72.7 million.

But Witsel has now insisted he will cost nothing like that amount:

“When a player has just one year left on his contract, a club cannot demand too much money. I don't think Zenit will be asking €40 million (£31.6 million) for me.”

Tottenham, who have fellow Belgians Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the squad, are not the only English team interested in the player.

Stoke City were reported to have made a bid for the player, the Daily Mail reporting a £12 million move failed to materialise.

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