One would think Bayern Munich are set when it comes to their midfield depth. Despite the fact Xabi Alonso retired this past season, the Bundesliga giants still have Arturo Vidal, Thiago Alcantara, Joshua Kimmich and recently-acquired Corentin Tolisso to handle the two central-midfield roles.
However, Bayern are not done dealing on the market, and have confirmed an approach to sign Axel Witsel. The Belgium international might be interested in a return to Europe, and he would certainly add competition to Bayern’s midfield.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder moved to China in January following four-and-a-half years in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg, and he has been playing for Tianjin Quanjian. The player himself confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti called him to check whether he could join Bayern this summer.
“Two weeks ago, Carlo Ancelotti called Fabio Cannavaro to ask him if he could contact me. He wanted me at Bayern,” Witsel told Sport Foot Magazine in his native Belgium. Let’s remember Cannavaro is Tianjin’s head coach and he played under Ancelotti between 2006 and 2008 at Parma.
However, both parties stopped talking when Cannavaro told Ancelotti that he needs Witsel, and that he is not going anywhere. Quite understandable, considering a player such as the Belgium international is key in a lower league as the Chinese one.
Bayern might want him, but all signs indicate that the former Zenit star will remain in China – at least for the foreseeable future.