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Axel Witsel heads to China

Belgium international Axel Witsel is the latest high-profile footballer to be heading to the lucrative Chinese Super League.

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Axel Witsel heads to China

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Belgium international Axel Witsel is the latest high-profile footballer to be heading to the lucrative Chinese Super League.

The 27-year-old’s current club Zenit St Petersburg confirmed on their website this week that they and newly promoted Tianjin Quanjian had agreed a deal for the midfielder.

Reports suggest the player set to sign a five year contract that will earn him around 18 million euros a year at his new Chinese club which is managed by former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro.

Witsel, who was heavily linked with a move to Juventus, has won 80 caps for Belgium.

Other recent arrivals in China’s topflight include Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Graziano Pelle, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Jackson Martinez.