Witsel disappointed by failed Juventus move

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Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel admits he was disappointed by his last-minute move to Juventus falling through on transfer deadline day.

The Belgium international had already completed his medical and selected a squad number with the Italian giants before his Russian club cancelled the transfer.

However, while Witsel says he's not angry about the events that transpired, he was certainly left somewhat disappointed. He also praised The Old Lady for their professionalism when he dealt with the club throughout the negotiations.

"At times football is like this. These things happen in life," he told TuttoSport. "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."

"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," the 27-year-old added. "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.

"We'll see what happens in January."