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Zenit ace Witsel: I have my Juventus shirt number...

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axe Witsel still plans to join Juventus.

The two clubs ran out of time on deadline day to find an agreement for the Belgian.

“At times football is like this. These things happen in life," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Am I angry at the failed move? No, I'm disappointed. I had done the medical and at that point already felt like a Juventus player in every sense."

He also told Tuttosport: “It's disappointing that Zenit made that decision, especially as turning down €25m can be damaging. I, however, can only thank Juventus, as they showed such class with me and did everything they could to sign me.

“It was a strange incident, but I learned Zenit's decision much earlier than the transfer deadline. I then returned to Brussels, where I arrived at 3am just before the match against Spain.

“My destiny was with the Bianconeri, that's how I felt. Now I mustn't think about it anymore. I must remain concentrated, as I am a professional.

“Although with a contract that expires in June…"

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