Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli speaks on Juventus star Arturo Vidal’s knee reports

Arturo Vidal

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli says that there is no problem with the knee of Arturo Vidal, who was reported to be on the radar of Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Arturo Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world, but there have been doubts on his knee since the start of the 2014 World Cup.

The Juventus star, who was strongly linked with a £40 million move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, played through the tournament in Brazil with the problem.

The 27-year-old missed much of pre-season in order to recover from that problem, but started Juve’s opening Serie A game of the season against Chievo in Verona last weekend.

Vidal is now in the USA on international duty with Chile, who will take on Mexico and Haiti in the coming days, but recent media reports had suggested that he is still suffering from the knee problem.

The former Colo-Colo star, who is believed to have been admired by United manager Louis van Gaal since his days at Bayer Leverkusen, himself hit out at those claims by posting a message on social networking site Twitter on Friday. (click here to read more).

And now Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has added his support to Vidal’s claims and is quoted by FourFourTwo as saying: ‘If Vidal wasn't in a condition to play, Juventus wouldn't have given him to us. Today his knee is perfect’.

Sampaoli, though, has stated that Vidal will not play against Haiti as he will fly back to Italy to rejoin Juventus after the match against Mexico.

But that is not because of any knee issues.

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