Allegri: Vidal not leaving Juventus
Wednesday July 30 2014
The new Bianconeri coach says the player is happy to remain in Turin after returning for preseason training and also denied having any problems with Andrea Pirlo.
Massimiliano Allegri has insisted Arturo Vidal will remain at Juventus amid interest from Manchester United.
Bianconeri chief executive Guiseppe Marotta stated Monday that the Chile international would only be sold is he expressed a desire to leave Turin but the midfielder insisted last week he is not going to Old Trafford.
"Arturo is staying," the Juve coach told reporters. "He is very happy to remain here, like all of his teammates. I have also spoken with him to check his physical condition. We are very happy that he's staying with us; he's fundamental for us."
Meanwhile, ever since Allegri was confirmed as the surprise successor to previous coach Antonio Conte, it has been speculated that the new boss could have problems with playmaker Andrea Pirlo. The pair worked together at AC Milan and have conflicting views on the reasons behind the midfielder's free transfer from San Siro to Turin three years ago.
However, Allegri claims that there is no residual animosity between the pair, saying they are united in their desire to see Juve crowned champion of Europe.
"We spoke 10 days ago," the 46-year-old said. "We are professionals. There's a mutual respect between us and we have a common goal in wanting to have a great Champions League campaign. Europe has a particular fascination for us."