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Speaking after he opted to join Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, Axel Witsel insists that the decision to turn down Juventus was “a lifestyle choice” and a chance to give his children an unforgettable experience.

“There was the same controversy when I chose Zenit,” Witsel told HLN. “People can write or say what they want, I’m used to being under the spotlight.

“This was also a lifestyle choice, I’m sure this will be an enriching experience for both me and my family. One day my children will be able to say that they’ve lived in both China and Russia.”

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