Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal insists he is happy at Juventus “and that is more important than money or anything else.”
The Juventus midfielder had reportedly undergone medicals ahead of a potential move to the former English champions but all of those rumors proved untrue, as Vidal remained in Turin and finally had the chance to explain what happened to Tuttosport.
“The summer? I was serene. I was focused on my knee. I’ve never asked my agent or Juventus if something was happening. I’ve a pact with my agent: he informs me if there’s something concrete. And he never said anything to me. I don’t know exactly what happened in the summer, but I think that nothing really important happened, otherwise he would have told me: Arturo, there’s this possibility… Manchester United? I don’t know, really. I can only say that I’m comfortable in Turin. I’m happy here, my wife loves Turin, my son Alonsito is happy and so is the little girl. The condition of my family is more important than the money and any other thing. I’m happy at Juventus, it’s my home: it’s always hard to leave your home, no?” ,claimed Vidal.
Vidal expressed his disappointment in the midweek loss against Atletico Madrid. He said, “The defeat in Madrid? I don’t think that it distances us too much from the top teams. We faced a strong team that plays in a very obstructing way, sits back, waits and tries to hurt on the counters. They reached the Champions League final and they continue to be one of the strongest team. We played at their same level: the game wasn’t perfect because we lost, but we didn’t suffer against who was about to win the Cup in the past season. Improvement in Europe? I think so. In this season, like in the past one against Real, we had a refereeing that I didn’t like in Spain: he didn’t book them despite their many fouls and their defenders were crying all the time… Playing like this is bad! Anyway, I think that Juventus grew; I’ve seen some improvements in the attitude. We’ve been playing together for a while, the group is solid and the newcomers raised the quality”.
Vidal was eagerly looking forward to the top of the table clash against Roma tomorrow and had a few words on Paul Pogba, Antonio Conte, newcomers Massimilliano Allegri and Roberto Pereyra, “We have to attack them immediately, we must be fierce as always. We must not let them breathe and express their game. We must express our game because when we play football we are very strong. I always played well and scored against them.”
“Is Pereyra a younger version of Vidal? Yes, maybe. He’s fast and technical. He’s here to mature even more. I knew him well: he always had great matches against us. We immediately bonded, he has to score now. Differences with Roma? They have quick and highly technical players that they can trigger also with long balls. Maybe we have less quality but we are a team and we use our solidity, we play the ball more, we pressure the opponent.”
“What kind of match will it be? I don’t know… It’s an important and difficult game. It’s a delicate moment for both teams and we want payback after the loss in Madrid. Who’s more focused on the match will win. Who will have more pressure? We will, Juventus always have more pressure, because we are Juventus, we won the last three Scudetti and who faces us always makes the game of their life. But I like it… Feeling this pressure stimulates me a lot.”
“Pogba? He improved a lot, he still misses something but he’s becoming a great player. He’s aware of his strength now and he takes his responsibilities, besides the attentions of the opponents. The differences between Conte and Allegri? The character: one is more intense, the other more calm. And the work on the pitch: the methods are different but they share the same desire to win. They take different paths to arrive in the same position: the first one. Was Conte’s departure a shock? Yes, it was. I was on vacation; I didn’t understand what was happening. I had never seen a coach leave after winning three titles.”
Finally Vidal had some words on his own fitness, “I never had such trouble with injuries, it was a burden psychologically. But I’m physically fine now; I’m almost in top condition.”
Juventus host AS Roma at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Sunday in what promises to be a nail-biting encounter between the top two sides in Serie A.