Friday July 22 2016
Lucescu: 'Witsel requested transfer'

Mircea Lucescu confirms Axel Witsel “has asked to leave Zenit. He has two offers from Italy and two from England.”

The Belgium international midfielder has been heavily linked with Inter, Juventus, Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Napoli had seemingly agreed terms with club and player when they suddenly pulled the plug.

“Witsel spoke to the club and asked to leave,” Coach Lucescu told

“He has two offers from Italy and two from England. The club placed a high valuation on him because he is an important player, one of international level.

“I know that he has been offered a contract renewal, but it won’t be easy. He’s had important proposals for the last two years, the transfer market is long and has its ownl logic.

“We are talking about a player who can do well in many teams.”

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