BVB future looks bright for Witsel
Axel Witsel believes the future looks bright for Borussia Dortmund due to the quality of the club’s younger players.
England international Jadon Sancho, who had been the subject of intense transfer speculation throughout the summer, committed his immediate future to Dortmund earlier this week by signing an improved deal.
There are still rumours Manchester United could try and land Sancho in a £100million+ deal in the January window, but it is hard to imagine Dortmund sanctioning a mid-season departure given they have now significantly strengthened their hand by tying him down to fresh terms.
The 19-year-old isn’t the only talented young player in the BVB squad. Midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud may only be 23 but he has already made over 100 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund and former club Borussia Monchengladbach.
Julian Brandt, a summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen, and Julian Weigl have 30 Germany caps between them and are both 23 years old, while 20-year-old French defender Dan-Axel Zagadou is already a regular in the matchday squad.
Witsel moved to the Westfalenstadion last summer after a stint in China and at 30 is one of the more experienced heads in the BVB squad.
The Belgium international agreed a four-year deal when he moved to the German giants and Witsel intends to see out his deal – at the very least.
Dortmund led the way in the Bundesliga for much of last season but fell just short as they finished two points behind Bayern Munich, but Witsel feels if they can keep their squad intact they will be able to land titles in the not too distant future.
“I signed a four-year contract, and I want to be at BVB for four years – perhaps even longer,” he told spox.com.
“I’ve never known a team with so many young, talented players – and after travelling so much [during his career] it’s the right time for me and my family to stay in one place.”
Dortmund will face a battle to keep hold of their rising stars in the coming years but they look well placed to challenge Bayern again this season and if they are still in the title hunt when the winter window opens, they won’t be selling any of their key men.
Before Sancho signed a new deal, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke had revealed fears the former Manchester City youngster could depart but for now he looks fully committed to the Dortmund cause and after narrowly missing out on Bundesliga glory last term, this could well be their year.