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Manchester United & Real Madrid drop interest in Arturo Vidal

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Arturo Vidal is facing a fight to save his international career with Chile after crashing his Ferrari whilst under the influence of alcohol.

The Juventus star is one of the faces of the ongoing Copa America and was expected to play a starring role for Chile as they bid to win their first South American title.

Having finished runners-up on four occasions, the hosts were hotly tipped to beat the likes of Brazil and Argentina to the Copa America, but have been left in disarray thanks to Vidal.

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But the powerful midfielder is facing something of a crisis with his club life as well with both Real Madrid and Manchester United ready to end their interest in signing him from Juventus as a result of the incident.

That is according to the respected Chilean broadsheet newspaper El Mercurio  (101GreatGoals), who say that Real Madrid have even scrapped plans to launch a $45m (£28m) bid to sign him this summer.

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Lack of professionalism

It seems that Louis van Gaal was well aware of Vidal's propensity to wander into the night and return after hours with too much intoxicating liquor in his system.

That did not stop the Old Trafford club from being heavily linked with a move last summer. Then, it appeared his failure to recover from a serious knee injury stopped any deal from going through.

Now he has proved his fitness, winning the treble with Juventus alongside Paul Pogba last season, it is is professionalism that has been found wanting.

Backing from Sanchez

Fortunately for Vidal, his stock in Chile is so high that he is likely to remain in the international set up for the rest of the tournament with fellow national treasure Alexis Sanchez already giving his back to the troubled star.

Sanchez said: "I told him 'Arturo, you better bust your ass.'

"It's very hard what happened with him but as a group, the least we can do is put up with it as a team.

"There has been indiscipline, we were wrong, you are right about that. But we are a family and we are there to support him."

The mess

Vidal was lucky he was not hurt, and, especially, did not hurt anyone else when he wrote off his Ferrari 458 supercar, reportedly hitting another car before veering off the road.

His wife Maria Teresa Matus was sat in the passenger seat as they returned from a night in a local casino outside Santiago, but both walked away with minor injuries.

Taking a look at the state of the car it is any wonder how Vidal is able to continue playing in the Copa America.

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