Axel Witsel has described it as “a pity” that Zenit Saint Petersburg decided not to sell him after initially offering him to Tottenham.
Zenit are said to have offered Witsel to Spurs as they sought to cut the number of foreign players in their squad before refusing to sell the Belgian midfielder after running out of time to sign a replacement before the closure of the Russian transfer window on Monday.
Witsel said: “I will not leave anymore. Zenit took the decision yesterday because in that short time they cant find someone to play on my position.
“It’s a pity because I hoped to make a transfer.”
“It is now certain that I will stay at Zenit until January,” Witsel added on RTBF.
“Then we’ll see. If my transfer does not happen, it is not for a financial reason or because the offers received did not interest me.
“I repeat, everyone will see what happens in January. I’m not disappointed to stay at Zenit, not at all. Staying Zenit does not pose any problem to me. I’ll stay focused as I always was.
“There had offers from Italy, but even if we had offered 60 million euros Zenit, they would have refused the transaction.”