Juventus announced Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager today - and also reiterated that Arturo Vidal won't be leaving the club.
The Serie A champions, who have won the league three times in a row, were dealt some shocking news on Tuesday evening, as manager Antonio Conte - the manager who led them to each of the aforementioned titles - announced his departure from the club over a disagreement with the transfer policy.
The club haven't waited around though, with former Milan boss Allegri taking the reins in Turin. The 46-year-old, who was believed to be in the running to take the Italy national team job, has so far proven to be an unpopular appointment with Juve fans, who are underwhelmed following the former Cagliari man's spell at the San Siro.
Conte's departure over the mysterious "transfer policy" has led to plenty of speculation over the last 24 hours, with some suggesting that he quit over the potential departure of midfielder Vidal. Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move to sign the Chilean international for £34m, and as the heartbeat of the Juve midfield, Conte would surely have been devastated with any suggestion that the former Bayer Leverkusen star would be moving on.
In a bid to ease the tension around the club at the moment, chief exectuvie Giuseppe Marotta has definitively stated that Vidal, 26, will is not up for transfer and whilst clubs have asked to sign him, Vidal will stay.
Marotta, Juve CEO: "Vidal is our player, big clubs asked for him but he'll stay and he's happy here. We’ve never put him up for sale" #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2014
The news serves as a big blow to new United boss Louis van Gaal, who had been hoping to add Vidal to his midfield despite already securing the services of £30m Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.