As a world-class midfielder, Arturo Vidal has almost always been subject to interest from top European clubs since leaving his home country of Chile to defend the Bayer Leverkusen shirt back in 2007. As such, links between Vidal and Chelsea have been a regular occurrence, but not something that ever materialised.
Those links have intensified however since Antonio Conte took over as head coach, an entirely unsurprising development given how the two of them had worked together very well at Juventus and Conte was instrumental in developing Vidal into one of the best in the world at the position. Both Conte and Vidal have talked about each other in very complimentary terms, with Conte especially talking about how he’d want to have Vidal by his side in every battle possible.
Unfortunately for Chelsea and the Chelsea boss, a reunion remains just transfer rumor fodder as Vidal has once again shut down the possibility of a Bayern exit. In fact, the 30-year-old wants to very much extend his contract (which is due to expire at the end of next season), citing his family’s happiness in Munich.
“I’m not thinking about a transfer. I feel very comfortable here [at Bayern]”
“Of course I would like to extend my contract. That’s an option. My kids are very happy here, too.”
-Arturo Vidal; source: Sport 1 via Calciomercato