Midfielder who became part of Belgium's national team in 2008 and joined Zenit St. Petersburg in 2012.
He played in Standard Liege's youth system from age 15 to 17 before making his senior debut with the team in 2006.
He was named the Belgian Young Football of the Year in 2008 with Standard Liege.
He was raised in Liege, Belgium, by a French Caribbean Father and a Belgian mother. He married Rafaella Szabo Witsel, and they have daughters named Mai Li and Evy.
He and Eden Hazard both joined the Belgium national team in 2008 as two of the countries most promising young players.