Axel Witsel left his future open – parting from Dortmund is in the room

Johannes Ketterl

It remains to be seen whether Axel Vitsel will be in the starting line-up on Saturday evening when Borussia Dortmund welcome FC Bayern Munich to the top game and win the championship. Although Jude Bellingham is threatened with another failure, coach Marco Rose could also opt for a midfield center without the experienced Belgian, with Mo Dahoud on sixes and Emre Kain and Julian Brandt on the diamond half.

The future of Vitsel is still open, which, according to at least some observers, will no longer be at Dortmund after the current contract expires at the latest on June 30, 2022. There is also speculation that the 33-year-old may soon turn his back on his wife in January. Two clubs, Juventus Turin and Newcastle United, are said to be considering a winter commitment of the 120-time national player, while Real Madrid’s interest, which has so far been only vague, will not come into force until next summer.

Five Competitive Games Until Christmas

Despite these rumors going on for weeks, Vitsel himself did not turn heads and now tells “CNN” that no decision has yet been made. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I focus more on the present, on the here and now, because that’s what matters,” said the midfielder, who initially wants to play the games ahead of Christmas.

“Then we’ll see what happens in the future. I think it’s better to look at game by game now,” Witsel insisted, adding that he is focusing solely on the five BVB games that will remain in 2021.

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