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Axel Witsel isn’t surprised by his strong start at Dortmund

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Axel Witsel insists he hasn’t been taken aback by his superb start to life at Borussia Dortmund this season

The Belgian midfielder joined BVB last summer from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian for a reported deal of £18m.

Witsel has since established himself as a key member of the Dortmund side that currently leads the Bundesliga table by six points from Bayern Munich.

Despite the fact that he hadn’t played in European club football for one and a half years, however, Witsel isn’t surprised by his instant impact.

“It hasn’t surprised me, no. I focused a lot on keeping in good shape and maintaining a high level in China,” Witsel told Kicker.

“I also had very good players teammates and opponents there. That shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Witsel has managed three goals and one assist in 24 appearances across all competitions this season.

Dortmund will be back in action this Saturday away to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.