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Arturo Vidal joins Bayern Munich

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Arturo Vidal has become the third high profile player to leave Juventus this summer after signing for Bayern Munich this afternoon, reports the club's official site. 

The Chilean international has followed Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez out of the door in Turin, who chose to join New York City and Boca Juniors respectively.

Juve have moved quickly in the transfer window to replace both Pirlo and Tevez, and it's thought they will do the same to replace Vidal, who signed over to Munich earlier this afternoon after his official unveiling.

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The 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga champions after completing his medical and signing all the necessary paperwork.

Replacement Needed

Massimiliano Allegri has already confirmed that he's in the market for a new attacking-midfielder, with Julian Draxler, Mesut Ozil, David Silva, Oscar and Juan Cuadrado all linked over the past few weeks.

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Vidal departing the club will come as a huge blow as he was a mainstay in their first-team for the four years he spent at the club after joining from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2011.

Since moving to Italy, Vidal won seven major honours in Turin and also won a Champions League Runners-Up medal in his final campaign.

Four seasons in Serie A and four league titles represents a successful time in Italy, but for Vidal it's time to start a new chapter of his career back in Germany.

Vidal Delight

After arriving in Munich, the midfielder sat down and spoke to the club's official website, and he revealed his delight at signing for the club.

“I’m very happy", he said. 

"This is a new step in my career and I hope I do well here. I want to help the team and win trophies. It’s a dream come true for me personally.

“I wanted to take another big step forward in my career.

"I want to keep developing as a player and win important trophies like the Champions League. I think the best opportunity to do so is with Bayern.

Success at Juve/Return to Germany

Vidal was then asked about last season's success with Juve and discussed how close they came to an infamous treble.

“We weren’t a long way off winning all three competitions last season.

"I hope we can pull it off with Bayern. That has to be the target.”

The Chilean then mentioned how good it felt to be back in Germany, the country where he really made his name almost ten years ago.

“I’m thrilled about playing in the Bundesliga again and obviously hope to win it this time.

"I didn’t manage it with Leverkusen back then, but with Bayern there’s a very, very good chance.”

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