Transfer news

'Warrior' Vidal excited by Juve switch

July 23, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

New Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal says he "had no doubts" about moving to Turin and promised Bianconeri fans that he will be a "warrior" for the club after completing his €10.5 million move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Arturo Vidal Chile jump
PA PhotosArturo Vidal has ended his four-year association with bayer Leverkusen

Vidal, 24, arrives with a sterling reputation having been the top scoring midfielder in the Bundesliga last season and after impressing for Chile at the Copa America.

And the hardworking midfielder cannot wait to get stuck into life at Juventus, insising he is confident Antonio Conte's side can achieve great things.

"I am here to help Juve get back where they belong," Vidal said. "Many teams wanted me, but I had no doubts as soon as Juve called. I want the fans to know I am a warrior, which is what many people use as my nickname.

"I'll give my all to make coach Antonio Conte happy. I'm so fired up and ready for anything. In Chile everyone knows Juventus for their players like Gigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Alessandro Del Piero.

"They also fondly recall Salas in the Bianconeri shirt. Pirlo too is world class and it is marvellous that I'll be able to play alongside him."