Arturo Vidal has hinted that he may be willing to follow Antonio Conte to Chelsea, after talking up the duo’s relationship.
Conte is widely expected to become the new Chelsea manager at the end of the season and Vidal, who worked under him at Juventus, had nothing but positive things to say about the Italian.
“I have always said if I go to war I would take Conte with me. We will see what happens,” the Chilean midfielder told reporters.
Vidal only joined Bayern Munich in 2015, but he could be on his way out this summer following the departure of Pep Guardiola and implementation of Carlo Ancelotti as head coach for next season.
Chelsea’s new boss will surely be looking to sign a central midfielder this summer, following the depreciating form from Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas. Although Arturo Vidal is a box-to-box midfielder and of a very different ilk to Cesc and Matic, it is only fair to compare him with the players that he would more than likely replace in the starting eleven. We’ve used statistics from this season (sourced from Squawka) to compare five key areas.
These stats show how the players differ in style if not anything else. They also highlight the industrious manner of Vidal, who has the best assist rate of the trio and also the most tackles won (2.72 per 90 minutes). His ability to attack and defend effectively is unmatched by most midfielders in Europe. The stats also show that Vidal has no real weakness, he is a very all-round midfielder.
Cesc has been found wanting defensively too often when playing in that central midfield role and signing Vidal could allow for the Spaniard to play more permanently in a more advanced position.