Conte: I'd always want Vidal with me

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The pair teamed up to devastating effect during a trophy-laden spell at Juventus, but the Italian refused to comment on links with Chelsea.

Antonio Conte would be keen to work with Arturo Vidal at Chelsea, but refused to comment on rumours the Premier League club will make a move in January.

Vidal and Conte won three successive Serie A titles during their time together at Juventus, and reports in Chile have suggested there could be a reunion in 2018.

The 30-year-old still has 18 months left on his contract at Bayern Munich, though, and remains a regular first-team player under Jupp Heynckes – Vidal scoring five Bundesliga goals in 14 appearances this season

That has not stopped the speculation linking him with a switch to Stamford Bridge and, although Conte is a fan, he refused to be drawn on talk of a transfer.

"I must be honest, it's not right to talk about a player of another team," he said after Chelsea's 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.

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"Especially if you try to link this player with us.

"Arturo is a fantastic player. I have great respect for Arturo, and we spent many years in Juventus together.

"I'd always want him with me."