Bundesliga news

Leverkusen firm on Vidal talk

July 9, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Bayer Leverkusen have made a firm stance on the future of midfielder Arturo Vidal, amid reported interest from Arsenal, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Arturo Vidal in action at this summer's Copa America
GettyImagesArturo Vidal in action at this summer's Copa America

Vidal, 24, is seen by Arsene Wenger as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas should the Gunners' skipper leave for Barcelona this summer.

However, Leverkusen insist the Chile international will not move abroad for less than the club's £19 million valuation, and under no circumstances will the midfielder be sold to a Bundesliga rival.

Leverkusen manager Robin Dutt told 11freunde.de: "We are showing our rivals understanding for trying to land our best players. Anyway [general manager] Rudi Voller, [executive] Wolfgang Holzhauser and I have an agreement, and that is that we will not sell Arturo Vidal to any club from the Bundesliga.

"In terms of a bid from a club outside Germany, there is an acceptance limit in terms of the financial aspect. Still we have yet to receive such a bid for this player."

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes, though, remains confident of landing the player even if he has to wait another year.

"It's not that clever to keep a player who has one year remaining on his contract and is determined to go," Heynckes said. "Vidal assured me that he wants to join Bayern, that he´s totally behind this decision. If it won't work now, it'll work next year."