The Chile international had ruled out a move to Manchester United and club chief Giuseppe Marotta maintains the midfielder is happy to stay in Italy.Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta insists the club has no plans to sell Arturo Vidal and admits he would be surprised if the midfielder requested a transfer.
Goal understands Manchester United was lining up a 54 million euro offer for the 27-year-old after Louis van Gaal had approved the move.
When asked about his future on Thursday, Vidal ruled out a switch to Old Trafford but conceded that he could leave Juventus this summer, although Marotta believes the Chile international was misinterpreted.
"It’s very simple. Vidal extended his contract with us last season, as there was a mutual desire to continue this rapport," Marotta told reporters. "There is no reason for him to leave. Yesterday he gave an interview in a rushed and embarrassed manner, as he was getting his luggage and so he was misinterpreted.
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"I can confirm Vidal is happy to be with us and there’s no reason for alarm. He had problems with the knee injury and rushing the recovery for the World Cup, so it will take a while to find his fitness. Nobody can doubt the quality of the player, nor how strong his bond is with Juventus."
When asked whether he would be surprised if Vidal requested a transfer this summer, Marotta replied: "Absolutely yes. It is a very remote chance, considering what he is like, and so I’m not even considering the possibility. The situation around him is typical of the transfer market when several big clubs admire him. Vidal exploded in a fairly unexpected way over the last two years to become one of the best players in the world.
"He is naturally linked to big clubs, but I’ll point out Juventus are a big club, too. And we intend to hold on tight. I don’t get the feeling he wants to leave us."
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