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Arturo Vidal happy to at stay Juventus

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Arturo Vidal has thrown doubt over a potential move to the Premier League by again stating his willingness to remain at Juventus.

The Chile international has long been linked with a move to Manchester United. Even under Sir Alex Ferguson, interest was thought to be high and the club have retained that despite changing their managers twice since those original reports.

Louis van Gaal is now in charge at Old Trafford and he has too confirmed his affinity towards Vidal. Plenty of price tags have been thrown around and Antonio Conte's resignation was thought to be because Vidal had agreed a move to the Red Devils.

Incomplete cycle

However, Vidal  has played down reports that a deal is near, instead saying that he does not feel his mission with Juventus is complete. As a result, the 27-year-old is happy to play on in Turin.

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He told Chilean radio station ADN: "Right now I'm just working on gaining strength and mobility.

"I can't say I've completed a cycle at Juventus. If I stay, I intend to keep doing things right."

Liverpool interest

The news will not only come as a blow to Manchester United, but to their Premier League rivals Liverpool as well. Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a late move for Vidal.

Rodgers has plenty of money to spend following the sale of Luis Suarez and is looking at a major addition in the form of Vidal. Paul Pogba is also reportedly on the radar.

Gary Medal

But it appears Vidal would ideally remain in Serie A. He even stated that he is looking forward to playing against international teammate Gary Medal after he joined Inter Milan from Cardiff City this summer.

He added: "It would be nice to play against Gary Medel in Italy. I hope it can happen."

Conte factor

The fact that he says he "hopes" it can happen is indicative of where Vidal's interest's lies. However, the fact that influential manager Conte has quit would have certainly hit Vidal hard.

Conte has been largely credited for winning Juventus the title three consecutive times and doubts remain over his replacement Massimiliano Allegri, who was in charge during AC Milan's dramatic Serie A slump.

Meanwhile Liverpool are going places with Rodgers and Manchester United have a top manager in charge. Liverpool can offer Champions League while the reputation of Manchester United remains high despite their seventh place finish last season.

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