Axel Witsel unveiled as Atletico player

Madrid, Jul 13 (EFE).- Axel Witsel was unveiled as Atletico Madrid’s latest signing on Wednesday, after agreeing to a one-year contract.

The Belgian international midfielder joins Atletico on a free transfer from German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 10 goals in four seasons, winning the German Cup and the German Supercup.

During his presentation at the Wanda Metropolitano, Witsel said he was looking forward to feeling the support of the Atletico fans, who he faced twice with Zenit and Borussia Dortmund.

“I really want to get to know these fans and this environment while being on the right side,” he said. “They were very tough games, with a very intense atmosphere.”

The 33-year-old said his desire to make the most of his “last years at the highest level” drove him to join the Rojiblancos.

He praised some of his new teammates, including Koke, Belgium teammate Yannick Carrasco, Joao Félix and Antoine Griezmann, adding that it is “the highest quality” team he has ever joined.

Witsel also lauded his new coach Diego Simeone, whom he considered “one of the best coaches in the world” and “one of the reasons” behind his decision to join the club. EFE


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