The Chile international is determined to win back the trust of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and the club’s supporters, and subsequently wants to follow in the footsteps of teammate Paul Pogba by signing a contract extension with the Serie A champions.
This is according to the Express, who cite reports in Italy as claiming that Vidal is sorry for his questionable recent behaviour and now hopes to make amends by committing his future to Juventus.
Blow for Man United
The news will come as a particularly hefty blow to Manchester United, who have been following Vidal for months. The Red Devils were linked with the 27-year-old throughout the summer, but a move failed to materialise, possible because Louis van Gaal was reluctant to pay such a huge transfer fee for a player with question marks hanging over his long-term fitness.
Vidal was the player that most Manchester United fans were desperate to see arrive through the doors of Old Trafford before the summer transfer window closed on September 1, while it’s understood that the world-class South American central midfielder was also keen to seal a move to England.
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Indeed, sports psychologists in his native Chile believe Vidal was “destabilised” after his proposed move to Old Trafford broke down. They also feel the Serie A superstar was mentally affected by the fact he was rushed back from injury too soon, after undergoing knee surgery in May, in order to play for Chile at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Vidal keen to make amends for recent actions
Vidal was handed a club-record fine of €100,000 for his role in a nightclub brawl earlier this month, while it was also reported that Juventus were willing to listen to offers for the Chilean because of his unprofessional off-field antics, which Allegri described as “stupid”.
"Every now and then boys do stupid things.” - Massimiliano Allegri.
But Vidal, who earns around £130,000-a-week, has been an integral part of Juventus’s recent success and the Italian champions will be reluctant to sell their prized asset if he stays true to his word and shows a change of attitude.
This latest development may encourage both Manchester United and Chelsea to step up their interest in Real Madrid’s classy holding midfielder, Sami Khedira, who could leave the Bernabeu in the near future.