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Chelsea, Tottenham target Witsel eyeing Zenit exit

Axel Witsel admits he would be open to leaving Zenit Saint Petersburg this summer if the right offer came in.

The Belgian midfielder, who has been linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in recent times, admits an exit from the Russian Premier League for a better competition would be welcomed.

The 27-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League and feels he may get that chance at the end of the current season.

"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," he told La Derniere Heure.

"I cannot say that I will 100 per cent 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."

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