Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has mentioned he has a “nice respect” for Arturo Vidal, amid switch hypothesis linking the reigning Premier League champions with a transfer for the Bayern Munich midfielder.
Chile’s La Cuarta reported Conte had already telephoned with Vidal to induce him to maneuver to England, suggesting the midfielder might double his alleged present €7.5 million wage by agreeing a change to London subsequent summer season.
Vidal, 30, performed below Conte at Juventus between 2011 and 2014, teaming as much as win three Serie A 3 titles in succession, earlier than Conte left to develop into the Italy nationwide staff coach.
And at his postmatch information convention after Chelsea’s 2-Zero victory over Brighton on Tuesday, Conte mentioned: “I have to be sincere, it is not proper to speak a couple of participant from one other staff – particularly should you attempt to hyperlink this participant with us.
“However [Arturo] is a unbelievable participant. I’ve an important respect for Arturo, and we spent a few years in Juventus collectively. If we go to warfare, I would all the time need him with me.”
Vidal left Juventus in 2015, teaming up on a four-year-contract with then-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola for a charge of €37m.
Vidal was additionally linked with the Premier League champions in February when Bayern had been nonetheless skilled by Carlo Ancelotti.
Nonetheless, following Ancelotti’s sacking and having labored collectively at Bayer Leverkusen between 2009 and 2011, Vidal has been revitalised below Bayern’s interim coach Jupp Heynckes — scoring in 4 successive Bundesliga video games earlier this month for the league leaders.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.