Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Arturo Vidal after the Juventus midfielder admitted he was 'flattered' to be linked with rival suitors Real Madrid, reports Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent months, with suggestions that he could leave Turin in the January transfer window.
A move never transpired for the Chile international, but his growing list of admirers remains, prompting further rumours that Vidal will leave the Serie 'A' champions at the end of the season.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing the £40million-rated South American to Old Trafford, while Carlo Ancelotti is also believed to be monitoring Vidal's situation closely.
Now it looks as though Manchester United will face difficulty in convincing the Juve star to choose them over the Spanish giants after he name-checked Real Madrid in a recent radio interview.
"I'm fine in Juventus and I'm working hard to achieve all my goals," he told Radio Cooperativa.
"The interest of Real Madrid - it flatters me but as I say, I just think to give my best with Juventus and Chile."
Vidal has been in scintillating form for Antonio Conte's table-toppers this season, scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.
His main focus is on helping Juventus retain the Scudetto in 2014, before heading off to the World Cup in Brazil with his country.