Transfer news

Witsel would be tempted by PSG

June 24, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Axel Witsel has admitted it would be difficult to refuse an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, but told Belgian media he is 100% focussed on current club Zenit St Petersburg.

Axel Witsel Belgium
PA PhotosWitsel signed for Zenit from Benfica

Witsel, 24, moved to the Russian Premier League side in an estimated €40 million move last September, helping Zenit finish runners-up to CSKA Moscow in the top flight last season.

PSG are one of the few European clubs who can match Zenit's financial muscle, and Witsel told the Sudinfo newspaper the French capital would be an attractive destination should the Ligue 1 champions show an interest in him.

He said: "For the moment, in my head, I'm concentrating 100% on Zenit. PSG are, of course, among those clubs which leave no player indifferent. In theory, you don't turn [a move to them] down, but that's as far as it goes."

With Laurent Blanc poised to be named coach at the Parc des Princes, the club's summer transfer policy, which has been put on the backburner during the hunt for a successor to Carlo Ancelotti, is likely to finally be put into effect.

Witsel's name has yet to be mentioned in the French media as a potential target, and the ex-Standard Liege and Benfica midfielder, who signed a five-year deal in the former Russian imperial capital, is unaware of any interest either from Blanc or the former France international defender's future employers.

He added: "All that I know about him is his playing career. Things can change very quickly in football, but I can't say any more about it as I don't have any cards to play."