MAINZ, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 24: Axel Witsel of Dortmund gestures during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund at Opel Arena on November 24, 2018 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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.

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“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.