At the beginning of the next year, Axel Witsel would turn 33 and he aspires to win as many titles as possible before hanging up his boots, but in the meantime, he is also thinking about retirement plans. Along with his teammates from the Belgium national football team, the midfielder is currently carrying out his coaching license – something he wants to “keep in his pocket” for the foreseeable future – and has also expressed his interest in being a club’s sports director.
“I think when I finish football, I will be in Belgium because this is my country. Liege is my city, it is where I was born; I have my family, I have friends, so I think this is where I would be.” Less certain is the immediate future with Witsel in the final year of his contract with Dortmund. Their current priority is to help the club win its first Bundesliga title since 2012 and end rivals Bayern Munich’s success in winning the previous nine championships.
“I don’t know what will happen next,” Witsel said as he talks about retirement plans. “I’m more focused right now, because that’s what matters. Then we will see in the future… I think it is better to play after the game.” Witsel’s versatility means he is a vital tooth in a team’s attack and defense, capable of securing possession and starting the break with accurate passes. His most valuable trait, he once said, is his ability to defend the ball and keep possession.
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