Rabu, 05 September 2012

I wanted a new challenge, says new Zenit signing Axel Witsel

Axel Witsel, Alex, Benfica, Real Madrid
Former Benfica midfielder Axel Witsel has defended his big money move to Zenit St Petersburg by insisting that he "wanted a new challenge".

The 23-year-old was linked to a host of major clubs during the summer including Real Madrid, Roma and Manchester City. However, a deal never materialised and he has now ended up with the Russian outfit.

"This is a very ambitious club. I wanted a new challenge and Zenit showed the greatest desire to sign me," he revealed.

The promising star then justified his decision, insisting that the Russian league was not a step down from the Portuguese league.

"It is not a step down to come here. The Russian league is certainly not inferior to the Portuguese domestic competition," he continued.

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