Axel Witsel hugs Roberto Martínez after being substituted.

With Belgium boss Roberto Martinez having been linked with the Real Madrid job, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel has admitted that he isn’t surprised by the Spanish club’s interest.

The Spaniard led the country to their best ever World Cup finish during the summer when they took the bronze medal in Russia.

With Julen Lopetegui sacked following a disappointing start to the season and replaced by interim coach Santiago Solari, Martinez has been mooted as one of the names who could potentially replace him on a permanent basis.

“His departure would be an immense loss because he has taken us to a very high level,” the Belgian told L’Avenir newspaper.

“We have built something very strong with him and he has managed to create a great chemistry between us.

“Everyone is happy with him. If that is the case and it is true that Real Madrid want him, then it isn’t surprising that a club like that want him.

“He has done an excellent job in recent years leading the national team, especially at the last World Cup.

“It would be normal for him to accept such an offer because it is Real Madrid, we aren’t talking about just any club.”

Belgium are among the current favourites already for Euro 2020 with Martinez at the helm following their strong showing in Russia.