Juventus chief executive officer Giuseppe Marotta announced Arturo Vidal was off the transfer market amid mounting speculation of his imminent departure to Manchester United.
"We've never put him [Vidal] up for sale," Marotta said, per Jamie Jackson at The Guardian. "He is happy to be here."
Marotta's comments seem to be a public-relations ploy since former Juventus manager Antonio Conte was not "happy to be here," otherwise he would not have shockingly walked out, per CNN.
What beIN Sports pundit Matteo Bonetti tweeted was spot-on: "Clear to me that Conte resigned the second he found out that some of his key pieces at Juve are being sold. He wanted an ambitious project."
Vidal is one of the world's greatest box-to-box midfielders.
He scored 11 goals, accumulated five assists, recorded 130 tackles and intercepted 39 passes in Serie A last season.
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