During the January transfer window, Chilean newspaper El Mercurio broke a story, which claimed that Chelsea were keen on bringing Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal to Stamford Bridge next summer. The 29-year-old worked alongside current Blues manager Antonio Conte from 2011 to 2014 during their highly successful spell at Juventus, and the Italian coach was hoping for a reunion with the star player.
Unfortunately for any of us also hoping for a Conte-Vidal, part two at the Bridge, Vidal himself has come out this week to firmly dismiss any and all rumors to that effect.
"They are only rumours that come about quickly. Ultimately, I played four very successful years under coach [Antonio] Conte at Juventus [from 2011 to 2014]."
"But there's no reason for me to leave Bayern. I wear this jersey with pride. I feel good, my wife feels good and the children are happy. And I still have big goals in Munich."
-Arturo Vidal; Source: Sport Bild via ESPN FC
Vidal has been at the top of the game since his first seasons in Europe while playing for Bayer Leverkusen. And despite nearing 30 years of age, he continues to be an imposing presence at Bayern's midfield with skills that would certainly translate into success on the English pitches — similar to Michael Ballack's spell at Chelsea from 2006 to 2010 after leaving Bayern.
Maybe in the future, Vidal might choose to follow Ballack's footsteps. We can only hope!