Arturo Vidal has strenuously denied newspaper allegations that he turned up drunk to a Bayern Munich training session during the club’s mid-winter trip to Qatar last month.
German publication Bild - per Sky Sports - claimed the Chile international had left the team’s base on several occasions and returned in an “intoxicated” state.
But Vidal, via a post on his Instagram account, has blasted the reports as “lies” and has vowed to take legal action against the newspaper.
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"I would like to say that the 'news' published today in a German newspaper are absolutely false,” the 28-year-old wrote. "My lawyers have been already instructed to initiate a legal claim against the newspaper which will be responsible of their lies.
"I'm 100% committed to my team and preparing for the rest of the season that will be very important for all of us.
"Thanks to my club for their support and also thanks to all my fans that show me all their love as always."
Vidal's statement on Instagram
An unfortunate theme is developing
This isn’t the first time in his career that Vidal has been accused of turning up to training under the influence of alcohol.
In September 2015, Vidal was forced to deny reports - per the Mirror - that he was sent back to Bayern Munich by the then-Chile head coach Jorge Sampaoli after attending a training session while still intoxicated.
Two months earlier, Vidal made a tearful apology to his home country after smashing his Ferrari - again, while under the influence of alcohol - during the Copa America.
An unfortunate theme appears to be developing, but hopefully Vidal is telling the truth when he says these latest reports from Bild have been fabricated.
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