Atlético formalizes the signing of Witsel

Axel Witsel, during a match with the Belgian team. / Reuters

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The Belgian midfielder arrives on a free transfer, from Borussia Dortmund, and signs for a season to reinforce the mattress core

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Axel Witsel is now officially a new Atlético de Madrid player. The Belgian footballer arrives at the Metropolitano to reinforce the mattress midfield next season. The 33-year-old veteran player and the rojiblanco club have reached an agreement after the midfielder concluded his contract with Borussia Dortmund, where he has played for the last four seasons.

After the departure of the Mexican Héctor Herrera, in the sports management of Atlético led by Andrea Berta they concluded that the midfield had to be reinforced. It was about getting a player who would compete with Kondogbia in the axis and Witsel's quality is proven. With the Belgian, Simeone hopes to be able to use Koke, De Paul and Marcos Llorente in his best positions. And this while waiting for the return of Saúl Ñíguez after his negative experience at Chelsea.

Witsel has put Atlético's offer from his friend Yannick Carrasco before the proposal he had from Olympique de Marseille. He is a level player, although the big question is his physical condition due to his age and because in January of last year Witsel broke his Achilles tendon in a match against Leipzig. However, in the recent Bundesliga he has played in 28 games and scored two goals.

He has been capped for his country in 124 games, forged his career at Standard de Liège and had an ephemeral spell at Benfica before joining Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he spent five years before embarking on his Chinese adventure and ending up at June 2018 at Dortmund.

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