Intent on closing the gap at the top of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund are building a new-look side under Lucien Favre. Witsel started his career at Standard Liege before joining Benfica.He then spent five seasons at Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg prior to moving to China in January 2017.
At Borussia Mönchengladbach, Favre favored a 4-4-1-1 formation. At Nice it was the 4-3-3. If early indications are anything to go by though, it appears as if Favre is looking to employ the 4-1-4-1 system in his new role, allowing him the flexibility to switch to either of his preferred formations over the course of an encounter.
Witsel has nearly 100 caps for Belgium and helped his country finish third at the 2018 World Cup.