Witsel snubs Juventus for lucrative China move

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has surprisingly turned down the advances of Juventus in favour of a big-money move to China.

The Belgian is set to become the latest player to seal a lucrative move to China, where he will join Fabio Cannavaro's side, Tianjin Quanjian.

However, the 27-year-old says that it wasn't easy turning down the advances of the Serie A giants, who are known to be long-time admirers.

"It was a difficult choice because on one hand there was a great team and a top club like Juventus," he told Tuttosport.

"But on the other, there was an offer for my family that I couldn't turn down.

"The leadership at Juventus have always behaved like gentlemen with me and I can only be grateful to them.

"I will cheer for Juventus and I hope they can win the Champions League. Then who knows, maybe in the future our paths will finally meet," he concluded.

Witsel is reportedly set to earn 18 million euro a year, which equates to an eye-watering £300,000 a week.