Juventus have always publicly maintained that Arturo Vidal will not leave this summer, despite reports persistently linking the midfielder with a move to Manchester United.
The Chile international is one of the best players in the world and, with Antonio Conte resigning as the Italian champions’ coach last month, reports have gathered pace that the 27-year-old will follow him out of the door.
Vidal himself has not given a concrete answer on his future, hinting that he could be open to a switch to Old Trafford.
And now his new coach at Juve, Massimiliano Allegri, has added fuel to the speculation by making the following remarks about the former Bayer Leverkusen star in a press conference in Australia.
‘I have spoken with Vidal, mainly about his physical condition’, Goal.com quotes the former AC Milan boss as saying. ‘Things went well. It would be great if he were to stay at Juventus’.
It may sound cynical, but if Allegri were really confident of not losing his star player, then he would have been more assertive instead of just saying: ‘It would be great if he were to stay at Juventus’.
That is clearly a sign that Vidal’s future is in limbo, with recent reports suggesting that Juventus have given United an ultimatum (click here to read more).
Of course, if Allegri has spoken to Vidal about his future, then he is not going to divulge it to the media, but the Italian not giving a definitive statement or being assertive does indicate that things are happening behind the scenes.
Whether Vidal, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, eventually leaves Juventus for United remains to be seen.