Witsel turns on style for scouts

Midfield ace Witsel scored both goals in Belgium’s 2-0 win over

Austria in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday. It is believed more

than half-a-dozen Premier League clubs were present in Vienna to

see Witsel’s impressive display. Arsenal, Manchester United,

Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle and Bolton were all

in Austria. Of those sides, it is understood that Arsenal and

United were there with Witsel their primary scouting target. It

also gave them a chance to check on team-mates Steven Defour and

Eden Hazard, although the Lille winger did not come off the bench.

The interest in Belgium’s young stars, though, is not limited to

Premier League clubs as a host of other teams were present.

Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Borussia

Dortmund, Schalke, Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen were also

represented. Witsel himself admits he does not think about clubs

watching him, saying: “There are great clubs in the stands during

an international game, and maybe I scored at the right time – but I

never go on the field thinking about them.”