Antonio Conte’s former key player wants to reunite with Inter Milan boss, says “I lived very nice moments with Antonio Conte”

October 31st, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has hinted that he would love to work under Antonio Conte again amid rumours he will join Inter this January.

A report in Gazzetta dello Sport reiterates Inter boss Conte has highlighted the central midfield area for strengthening this coming window.

The Chilean scored in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Real Valladolid in a La Liga match this week.

But before Tuesday clash, he started just one match this season for the Blaugrana and played little over 200 minutes.

Vidal is said to be unhappy at his playing time at Barcelona and, according to Football Espana, could be open to a January move to Conte’s side, while the same is true for Matic – even if only one is likely to join.

“Interest from Inter? I lived very nice moments with Antonio Conte,” Vidal admitted in an interview with Chilean outlet El Mercurio, as cited by Marca.

“The quality leap I enjoyed was thanks to him. In football the most important thing is trust and when a Coach of that prestige gives it to you, then you improve a lot.”

Last week, Calciomercato cited Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting that the central midfielder could now join the Milanese club this January, along with Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic.

In August, a report in FcInterNews claimed that the Nerazzurri had received positive signals from the Catalan giants over the summer months over a possible move and that Vidal himself is open to the move.

The Chilean looked set for Inter last summer until the Blaugrana swooped in late to sign him from Bayern Munich.

Vidal, has previously consistently reiterated his desire to stay at the Camp Nou – where he played an important role in winning the title last season.

However, the arrival of Dutch international Frenkie De Jong at the club has pushed him further down the pecking order in Ernesto Valverde’s side, and Inter boss Antonio Conte is waiting to make an offer should he look to move on from Catalonia.

With two years still to run on his contract, Vidal will not be a cheap option, and the Blaugrana are likely to demand in the region of €25m for the 32-year old, if Conte wants to be reunited with the player he won three league titles with at Juventus.

“I would follow him everywhere, even in war,” he was once quoted as saying about the Coach.

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