Juventus chief sets Arturo Vidal an ultimatum if he wants to leave

by Sam Peoples

Juventus CEO Guiseppe Marotta has made it clear that the club will only consider selling Arturo Vidal if he makes it obvious he wants to leave.

Vidal, 27, returned to Turin yesterday and has undergone a medical with Juventus assess his fitness according to reports so that Juventus can fully assess what their situation is.

Manchester United are one of multiple clubs who are interested in signing Vidal this summer but until such time as the Chilean midfielder intimates to Juventus he wants to leave, Marotta insists the club’s stance will not change.

“We have clear ideas,” he said.

“We renewed [Vidal’s] contract a few months ago just because we knew we could count on an important element.

“We don’t want to sell Vidal, there are only rumours because he is a player among the best in the world.

“We never activated a clause to try to sell him – if he doesn’t show an intention to leave, our position won’t change.”

Juventus were never going to let one of their best players go without a fight and although the reality is certainly there that it could happen, Juventus won’t make it easy.

Two potential reasons for Juventus doing this may be that Vidal effectively handing in a transfer request could be a way for Juventus to nullify his loyalty bonus, should it be a clause in his contract, and it may also a way for the club to save face with the fans by making him force the move.

The latest update from Gianluca di Marzio confirms Vidal returned to Juventus’ training ground and supported reports that his agent could be presenting offers to the club.

Later today, Juventus boss Allegri is expected to give a press conference where he is likely to be questioned on the future of Vidal.

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