Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal may require ‘psychological help’ after his proposed summer transfer to Manchester United collapsed, according to specialists in his native Chile.
The world-class South American, who was linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer months, was handed a club-record €100,000 fine by Juventus earlier this week for his involvement in a brawl outside a Turin nightclub in the early hours of last Friday morning.
Despite his punishment, which included being dropped for Juventus’s biggest match of the season so far against AS Roma, Vidal was then spotted partying at another nightclub before going off on international duty, as Chile prepare to take on Peru and Bolivia.
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Chilean newspaper La Tercera have asked sports psychologists what might be the reason - or cause - behind Vidal’s recent bad behaviour, and they believe the intense speculation over his future, combined with his serious knee injury, may have “destabilised” the player.
Vidal underwent an operation prior to the World Cup finals in Brazil, which meant the half-fit midfielder struggled to showcase his true quality, to fix his right knee.
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That Vidal had undergone surgery was reportedly the reason why United boss Louis van Gaal, who had previously admitted that he was a huge fan of the former Bayer Leverkusen star, opted against bringing him to Old Trafford this summer. It would have been a hugely expensive gamble which could have backfired.
Fernandez urges counselling
Psychologist Juan Fernandez believes Vidal should never have played at the World Cup because of the stress put on the player to reach top physical condition ahead of schedule - and feels he should seek professional guidance to help him focus once again.
"It is essential that you receive counselling, but not just now,” Fernandez warns. “Always the athlete should receive this type of treatment to help you combat stress periods.”
Felipe Fuenzalida also advises that Vidal should seek “psychological help” after such an eventful few months, including the change in management at Juventus. Antonio Conte was an immensely successful coach at the Juventus Stadium, but surprisingly walked away from the club this summer.
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Conte was replaced by former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri, who has enjoyed an impressive start to tenure with the Old Lady, but was a controversial choice nevertheless because of the way in which his tenure with the Rossoneri ended.
Allegri will be desperate to hold on to Vidal in January, but Manchester United are reportedly preparing a €66 million offer for the all-action central midfielder in the New Year.
And if Vidal’s behaviour fails to improve, perhaps Juventus will consider cashing in on the 27-year-old.