Axel Witsel has responded to possible transfer interest from Manchester United after a report last month suggested Jose Mourinho watched the midfielder during the recent international break.

It was claimed by Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws that Mourinho travelled to Brussels to watch Witsel in Belgium’s Nations League game against Iceland last month.

That’s despite the United manager’s claim that his trip was to simply monitor Romelu Lukaku’s fitness after the striker picked up an injury in training two week before report the MEN.

Witsel moved to Borussia Dortmund in the summer and he was asked by German outlet Bild why he moved to the Bundesliga club when both United and PSG were allegedly keen on signing him.

“Because I felt that Dortmund is the right choice,” he said, according to Sport Witness’ translation. “I knew from the beginning that I have the quality to assert myself here and to help. Nevertheless, the BVB was a challenge for me, which I absolutely wanted to accept.”

Belgium's Axel Witsel holds off Argentina's Javier Mascherano during the World Cup Quarter-Final match between Argentina and Belgium.
Belgium’s Axel Witsel holds off Argentina’s Javier Mascherano during the World Cup Quarter-Final match between Argentina and Belgium.

Mourinho revealed last week that he is targeting one signing in the January window but said he doesn’t expect it to happen due to the current state of the transfer market.

“Honestly, I don’t think we are going to sign,” Mourinho said. “If we do, I would say one player. I don’t see us going more than that.”

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“The transfer market is very difficult unless the clubs want to go to what I call crazy numbers,” the Portuguese added. “You have no chance in the market unless you go to crazy numbers, or instead of going to the crazy numbers, you go to what you call (lowers his hand) the second level players and still have crazy numbers. But that second level is the level people say – and I agree – that’s not what Manchester United is.”


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