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Axel Witsel Joins Chinese Club Tianjin Quanjian for $52 Million

Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel has confirmed that he reached an agreement to play the next three seasons at Chinese football club Tianjin Quanjian for 50 million euros

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Updated:January 3, 2017, 3:39 PM IST
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Axel Witsel Joins Chinese Club Tianjin Quanjian for $52 Million
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Brussels: Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel has confirmed that he reached an agreement to play the next three seasons at Chinese football club Tianjin Quanjian for 50 million euros ($52 million).

The Zenit St. Petersburg player told Italian portal Tuttosport on Monday that it was a very difficult decision because on the one hand there was an offer from a top club like reigning Serie A champions Juventus of Italy, reports Efe news agency.

Witsel added that on the other hand there was a crucial offer for his family from the Chinese side that he couldn't turn down.

The 27-year-old international, whose salary was around three million euros (around $3.2 million) in Russia, will reportedly receive about 16 million euros (around $16.7 million) per year from the Chinese side, trained by former Italy defender and Ballon d'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro.

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