Witsel to Dortmund is signing of the season, says Belgium boss Martinez

The German side pulled off a great move in the transfer market when they lured the midfielder from Tianjin Quanjian for just £18 million

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has described Borussia Dortmund’s capture of Axel Witsel as the signing of the season.

The 29-year-old joined the Bundesliga side in August for a reported £18 million ($23m) after a spell with Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian.

He has made 10 appearances in all competitions, playing an important role in Dortmund’s rise to the Bundesliga summit.

And Martinez believes it is the Belgian international’s relatively low transfer fee that makes him the standout purchase of the transfer window.

“The best transfer in the world this season is Axel Witsel to Borussia Dortmund,” he told Sport Bild.

“He is the best investment in European football. What he brings to the team for a relatively small transfer fee of €20 million makes him the best signing of this transfer period.

“Dortmund deserve tremendous recognition for the signing of Axel. He had gone under the radar in China. I knew he would prevail.”

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Witsel played the full 90 minutes as Martinez’s Belgium were held to a 1-1 draw by Netherlands on Tuesday and will hope to feature when Dortmund return to Bundesliga action on Saturday against Stuttgart.

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