Juventus are confident Arturo Vidal will not be joining Manchester United and CEO Guiseppe Marotta has insisted the Chilean midfielder is not for sale.
Antonio Conte’s mutual resignation last night as Juventus boss placed question marks over the future of Vidal in Turin but Marotta’s has taken a very firm and public stance.
“Vidal is not for sale,” said Marotta.
“He is one of the most important players in the squad. He is happy to be here. Many things have been written. We’ve never put him up for sale. Important clubs have asked after him, but we have never sat down to talk. The player decides and yesterday Vidal showed that he is happy to continue with us.”
Marotta’s comments come as no surprise. Just like Athletic Bilbao did with Herrera, Manchester United did with Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham Hotspur did with Gareth Bale, the public stance will always be that a player is not for sale.
Ultimately, Marotta’s comments change little for United. It’s simply a case of meeting Juventus’ valuation which, if reports from Italy yesterday prove to be true, has already been agreed behind the scenes.