Zenit St Petersburg midfielder, Axel Witsel, has said in an interview with Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, that he may well leave the Russian side this summer.
Witsel, who has been capped 63 times by the Belgian national team, was linked throughout last summer with a move to White Hart Lane, but the move broke down due to Zenit unwilling to sell due to their Champions League commitments, despite Spurs willing to break the bank for the Belgian central midfielder, according to Standard Sport.
However, a move to North London could be back on the cards this summer, with Witsel considering his options and seemingly unwilling to extend his stay in Russia.
Speaking to La Derniere Heure, he said:
“I still have a contract for one more year come June and the club know how I feel. I would like to play in a bigger league,
“I cannot say that I will 100 percent leave, but we have not held talks over a new deal and my intention is to leave this summer. I want to focus on finishing the season on a high, then there’s the Euros and then we will see what happens.
“I spoke to a number of clubs last summer, but it was not about money for Zenit. They wanted to keep me because of the Champions League and there was no time to sign a replacement.
“When a player has just one year left on his contract, a club cannot demand too much money. I don’t think Zenit will be asking €40million for me.”
n a separate interview with Standard Sport in January, he spoke about joining his fellow Belgian national team members in England, he said:
“Yes of course, most of them are in England. But it doesn’t mean if they play there I should also go to England.
“Of course when I am in national team we speak about England or other championships. I think everybody knows that the best championship is the Premier League.”
If Witsel does finally join Spurs in the summer, it would surely spell the end of either Nabil Bentaleb’s or Ryan Mason’s Tottenham careers, with Witsel joining Dier, Alli and Dembele as the most likely candidates for a place in midfield.
Would Witsel be a good signing for Spurs?