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Father reveals Arsenal 'favourite team' of Atletico Madrid midfielder Axel Witsel

Atletico Madrid midfielder Axel Witsel regrets not joining Arsenal early in his career.

Witsel returned to his native Belgium with Atletico yesterday, going down 2-0 to Club Brugge in the Champions League clash.

Father Thierry was interviewed by Het Belang van Limburg ahead of the game - and asked if he had any regrets over his son's career.

He said: "I can name a series, you know.

"Juventus failed in the last hours of a transfer market, but when he was still playing for Standard, Arsenal knocked on the door.

"That was his favourite team, but it didn't come to a deal.

"Before that – with the youth – Anderlecht, Ajax and even Real Madrid inquired.

"Although I wanted Axel to continue playing football close to home in Liege. Regret is not necessary for anything."



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