Vidal: Man City? I'm happy at Juventus

Published December 3rd, 2014 - 05:45 GMT
Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal has insisted that he is happy at Juventus amidst reported interest in his services from Manchester City - but strongly suggested that his agent will ultimately decide his next move.

The Chile international was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer and speculation remains rife that manager Louis van Gaal remains keen on bringing the 27-year-old to Old Trafford.

There have also been reports, though, that City are also considering making a move for Vidal, who is under contract at Juve until 2017.

The midfielder says he has no desire to leave Turin but hinted that his agent will have a major say in whether he does so.

"Manchester City want me? I'm happy at Juventus because here I feel at home," Vidal told Radio Cooperativa.

"However, I have a person who occupies himself with the transfer market and that's my agent. He thinks about these things..."

And Vidal did admit that he does plan to return to his native Chile before hanging up his boots.

"I've been a Colo Colo fan since I first discovered football and I would like very much to return there, maybe to finish my career," he revealed.

Vidal, of course, was forced to undergo a knee operation before last summer's World cup and his fitness remains a concern for Juve and their supporters.

However, the former Bayer Leverkusen star says that there is nothing to worry about - even though he is still experiencing some pain in the joint.

"I started a little late this season because of some knee problems but everything was under control," he explained.

"I knew that I would have some pain for at least two to three months after the operation. The surgeon who operated on me also explained this to me."

Consequently, Vidal expects to be fully recovered by the time Chile stage next year's Copa America, a tournament he feels that the hosts can win.

Indeed, Vidal feels that Jorge Sampaoli's men will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years, claiming that they have the talent to challenge for the 2018 World Cup.

"We will have the chance to play the Copa America in front of our people and we also have a strong squad," he mused. "Obviously, we are expecting great things of ourselves.

"We're a young group and we're working and growing a lot. We want to at least reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia in 2018."

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