Friday September 2 2016
Witsel: I saw myself at Juve

Axel Witsel admits “I saw myself at Juventus” on transfer-deadline day but has not given up hope of joining the Bianconeri next year.

Witsel reportedly waited 13 hours in Turin to join Juve on Wednesday but saw his proposed move fall through at the last minute, and the Zenit St Petersburg midfielder reflected on the situation being “really hard to take”.

“It’s really hard [to take],” he told RTBF.

“I still have to thank Juventus because they did everything for me until the end.

“It’s a shame that Zenit did not accept €25m when I had a year left on my contract.

“I’m disappointed because I went there and passed medical tests, so I saw myself at Juventus in my head, but it didn’t happen.

“These are things that happen in football. I won’t start feeling depressed, that’s life.

“My fate was to play for Juventus but not yet. We’ll see what’ll happen next year.

But has he already reached an agreement with Juve for next year?

“No... not yet,” he smiled.

“I have a contract to honour and I must be focused when I go back there.

“Once I honour my contract, we’ll see where my future lies, but maybe yes [on joining Juve next season].”

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