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Beppe Marotta confirms Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has never asked to leave the club

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Claudio Villa

Over the course of the past week or two, we've heard a lot about the status of Arturo Vidal. A good portion of it, unsurprisingly, is coming from the English press, who have basically had a man-crush on the Juventus midfielder ever since Manchester United have tried to pry him away from Juventus. A summary, of sorts, about what's coming out of the British daily papers:

  • Arturo Vidal wants to leave Juventus.
  • Arturo Vidal has taken medical with Manchester United.
  • Signing Arturo Vidal would cost Man United £45 million.
  • Manchester United are ready to spend £45 million.on Arturo Vidal.

The most important thing we've continuously heard from the Juventus camp, though?

  • Arturo Vidal isn't leaving Turin. Nor does he want to leave Turin.

That's been the stance of Juventus director general Beppe Marotta for weeks on end. Somebody asks him about Vidal, he usually gives the same kind of answer. And it wasn't any different when Marotta was posed the latest and not-so-greatest question regarding Vidal's future with the three-time defending Serie A champions on Saturday.

"He's never been available on the market. The will of the player is crucial, he never expressed his desire to leave. Juventus is not a selling club. If a player asks to leave, he needs to do it in logical times. Now we are starting a tour and there is only a month before the end of the transfer market window, there aren't the conditions."

(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)

Good to see Beppe continuing the trend of speaking about Vidal almost as much as the player who is being introduced at the latest press conference.

But, unfortunately for all of us, as long as there's still rumblings and rumors coming from the media regarding the "Will he stay or will he go?" status of Vidal, Marotta will be asked about it. That's just how it goes these days with the transfer window open. He was asked when Max Allegri was announced as Juventus' new manager. He was when they introduced Alvaro Morata. He was asked when they introduced Roberto Pereyra. And he was asked again on Saturday after Romulo's loan-with-option-to-buy deal was officially announced.

Marotta has basically given the same answer every time. Vidal isn't leaving. He hasn't asked to leave. Why? Because even with everything going on in regard to who is managing the club, Vidal is happy at Juventus.

Now, does that look like a guy who is unhappy at his current club?