Reported Newcastle United target Arturo Vidal has spoken out about his future amid speculation linking the Barcelona man with a departure from the Camp Nou.
Italian website ITA Sport Press claimed last month that the Chile international midfielder is a target for Newcastle’s prospective new owners.
Chronicle Live have reported that the Premier League’s owner’s and director’s test is at the final stages and any takeover announcement will be left to the would-be owners and Mike Ashley.
With the prospect of Newcastle having a huge transfer budget should the deal be done, a host of high-profile players and coaches have been linked with St James’ Park.
Vidal’s future at Barca is said to be in doubt, the Daily Mail reporting that the La Liga club is eager to sell him in order to raise funds for Lautaro Martinez.
However, the 33-year-old is not planning to go anywhere, telling an Instagram Live interview, as cited by the Daily Mail: “I am very happy and comfortable in Barcelona and of course I want to stay here.
“I am also feeling in better shape than ever. This is a good group and I have got great friends in the dressing room… I have never had so much time to prepare myself. We have a special [training] plan that helps me lengthen my career for as long as possible.”
An experienced, tenacious midfielder with over 500 club appearances, 115 Chile caps, a glittering trophy cabinet and the Lionel Messi seal of approval, he would be just the kind of marquee signing that would create a buzz at Newcastle, and is also a fairly realistic signing too.
“Arturo gives you so much,” Messi told Metro after Barca’s 1-0 Champions League win over Inter last October. “He is a player who, when he enters, catches, recovers, arrives, plays. He is a very important player for us and it is good that he had these minutes today, he felt important because he is a very important player for the team.”