Arturo Vidal has revealed he turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United and chose to move to Bayern Munich instead last summer.
The Chilean was heavily linked with Man United in a summer long transfer saga which many established and reputable journalists said would end with Vidal coming to Old Trafford.
Speaking about his move to Bayern, Vidal admitted there was an opportunity for him to come to the Premier League but is now happy with the choice he made.
“Yes, there was a chance to come to England,” the Chilean international told the Times.
“It was last summer, and at one point, we thought that is what would happen. I liked the opportunity that they had offered me, but eventually it did not happen and I chose to come to Bayern. There are always many teams around that go to my agent.
“I wanted to come to a team this strong and to a project that is so ambitious. I feel very happy. It helped that I knew what the country was like and what the people were like. We are better, me and my wife and my children. Life is good, very calm. We are starting to feel more comfortable.”
Vidal was the prime choice candidate for United fans in terms of a central midfielder to improve the team but as it turned out the Chilean chose Bayern and you can’t really blame him given how dominant they are as a club, with United currently struggling since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement.
To be fair, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s arrival was great at the time and made fans forget about Vidal quite quickly but injuries and rotation have seen our midfield remain a weak point when it should be one of our greatest strengths.
Vidal would have been an amazing signing but he chose Bayen. It’s a shame but with United in our current condition, we might soon find out that this story will repeat itself.