Juventus playmaker Arturo Vidal has sent a positive message to potential suitors after promising to finish the year with a flourish and recapture his very best form in 2015, as he looks to put himself back in contention as one of the greatest midfielders on the planet.
The Chile international - who was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer - has struggled to maintain the same high level this season after suffering from a string of injuries that have hampered his progress after the World Cup during the summer.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal opted against pursuing a bid to bring the South American schemer to Old Trafford due to reservations about Vidal's long-term fitness, and the Dutchman has been proved right for airing on the side of caution as the 27-year-old has been restricted by recurring knee troubles.
However, speaking after Thursday night's 3-1 victory over Cagliari in Serie 'A', a match which Vidal found himself on the scoresheet, the attacking midfielder spoke enthusiastically about his prospects for the remainder of the season, both individually and collectively after Juve extended their lead at the top of the Italian table to four points.
"Now we think of Napoli, there are four to five days to prepare the game well and finish the year at best," he told Sky Italia. "In 2015 I want to go to be among the strongest, and I'm working hard...It's 'important to finish 2014 in first place."
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Vidal's comments might convince Van Gaal to reassess his transfer plans particularly if the midfielder - who was valued at £48 million two months ago - stays true to his word and rediscovers the sort of form that nearly earned him a lucrative move to the Premier League at the end of last season.
Massimiliano Allegri's side travel to Doha to face Napoli in the Italian Super Cup on Monday - the traditional clash between Scudetto holders and Coppa Italia winners - and Vidal is eyeing another victory to maintain the good feeling of confidence heading into the New Year.
The away win at Cagliari last night means Juventus set a new all-time record of 95 points in a single calendar year and will end 2014 in top spot even if nearest rivals AS Roma beat AC Milan this weekend.
Carlos Tevez opened the scoring at Sant'Elia last night with his 10th goal of the season and after Vidal's brilliant first-time curling effort from the edge of the box doubled the visitors' lead it was left to Fernando Llorente to wrap up the points against the relegation strugglers.
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