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€40m Manchester United target dismisses transfer talk

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Arturo Vidal has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Juventus beyond the summer transfer window, amid reported interest in the signature of the Chile international from Premier League champions Manchester United.

According to talkSPORT, Manchester United are keen to acquire the services of the €40 million-rated player as the club attempt to reinforce their midfield ranks before August's transfer deadline.

Vidal, however, is not thinking about a move to Old Trafford with Manchester United reported to be pursuing him, and claims he is happy to stay with Juventus and continue to repay the faith of the club's staff and supporters.

"I'm content and I am not thinking about anything else," he told Tuttosport. "Obviously you never know what will happen in football, but I'm happy here.

"I have an excellent relationship with boss Antonio Conte. He's an exceptional person and an out of the ordinary coach.

"The fans also recognise my generosity. They have understood what I want to do on the pitch and they know that when I put on the Juventus shirt I play with my heart."

Vidal is one of several targets reported to have been identified by Manchester United to bolster a midfield set to lose Paul Scholes to retirement for a second time at the end of the season.

Along with Vidal, Manchester United have been credited with interest in Nemanja Matic of Benfica, with the Red Devils reported to have contacted the Portuguese club to gauge the availability of the former Chelsea player.

Scholes, meanwhile, played his final competitive game at Old Trafford on Sunday, and was afforded a rare start by Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United defeated Swansea 2-1.

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