Witsel leaves Liege for Benfica

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel has left Standard Liege to join Benfica, the Belgian club announced today.

The 22-year-old, who has scored five times in 19 international appearances, has signed a five-year deal with the Lisbon club.

Witsel had been with Standard Liege since he was ten years old and helped them to two Belgian championships in 2008 - when he was elected the best player in Belgium - and 2009, as well as this year's Belgian Cup.