Juventus Star Arturo Vidal Reacts to Barcelona and Real Madrid Transfer Rumours

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Juventus and AS Trabzonspor at Juventus Arena on February 20, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Arturo Vidal has laughed off claims suggesting he could move to La Liga giants Real Madrid or Barcelona.

The Juventus star, regarded by many as the best box-to-box midfielder in the world, remains focused ahead of a busy schedule, reported Sky Sports:

"Join Real Madrid or Barcelona? That's ridiculous! All I want is to win the league with Juventus and have a good World Cup," said Vidal.

Currently enjoying a rampant season with the Old Lady, Vidal is also believed to be on the radar of Manchester United, per Ben Jefferson of the Express.

The energetic midfielder has netted 17 goals across a combined total of 33 Serie A, Champions League and Europa League matches—recorded by WhoScored—cementing his position as one of the sport's most desired players.

Vidal is relentlessly physical when winning possession and averages 4.5 tackles each match. His vision and ability to deliver difficult passes consistently aids Juve's forays up the pitch, while his eagerness to shoot from distance has the capability to produce spectacular goals.

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 02:  Arturo Vidal of Juventus #23 and Ricardo Alvarez of FC Inter Milan compete for the ball during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale Milano at Juventus Arena on February 2, 2014 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by C
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The 26-year-old is more than equipped to excel in any of Europe's major leagues. His midfield partnership with Paul Pogba has emerged this season and stands Juve in good stead at the top of the Italian division.

Currently 11 points clear of nearest rivals Roma, Antonio Conte's team have developed a physically powerful style of play that is more than capable of retaining the Serie A crown, as recognised when the coach was named Serie A's top boss for the second successive season:

Although Juventus will be disappointed with their exit from the Champions League, they are major favourites to land Europa League glory.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Arturo Vidal of Chile and Jesus Navas of Spain compete for the ball during the Spain v Chile international friendly at Stade de Geneve on September 10, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Im
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Vidal is also expected to lead Chile's charge into the 2014 World Cup, where they should be considered dark horses. Jorge Sampaoli's team justify their endlessly attacking, gung-ho style of football by having players like Vidal and Gary Medel in the centre, both of whom offer a brutish presence in midfield.

The recent win over England and narrow loss to Brazil suggests this is a team that can progress far during the South American tournament. Vidal's value will continue to increase with a decent showing, suggesting any potential suitors will be forced into spending an extortionate amount to acquire his services.

While the player remains committed, it will be interesting to see how his attitude develops if an offer is submitted.