Juventus star Arturo Vidal has reacted to missing out on the 2013 FifPro World XI by insisting that he is the best central midfielder on the planet right now, telling Bild that his ability to provide telling contributions in both halves of the pitch is unmatched.
Vidal has maintained his fine recent form this season for the defending Serie A champions, attracting interest from Manchester United thanks to a campaign which has yielded 15 goals in 28 appearances to date.
Franck Ribery, Xavi and Andres Iniesta were chosen ahead of Vidal by the Chilean international's temporaries, but that has not stopped the 26-year-old stating that he believes his combination of consistent goals and work-rate has no equal.
He said: "I am the best player in the world in my position. That's simply the way it is for me.
"There are a lot of players out there in my position who try and play just like me and want to copy my style of play.
"But it's quite clear for me that I'm the best in my role. Nobody puts in as much defensive work as I do and then scores a lot of goals on top of it as well."
United boss David Moyes made a personal check on Vidal earlier this month, watching the playmaker feature for Juve against Cagliari in Sardinia during a surprise scouting trip.
The Red Devils are believed to be actively pursuing a shortlist of transfer targets, with Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata most prominently mentioned in connection with a January switch to Old Trafford.
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