“We want to write history and win a [Bundesliga record] fourth consecutive league title. “It was Leverkusen who clearly turned down what was a better offer from us at the time purely because they didn’t want Vidal to continue playing in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.”
German tabloid Bildreported Vidal is set to earn an annual salary of 10m.
“I am ready,” Vidal said during his unveiling.
“I wanted to take another big step forward in my career. Always a Juventino at heart. I would like to wish you the best luck in the world and I promise you will always be in my heart. He’s got two good feet, he’s a strong player, his technical abilities are good, he often scores the opening goal and he is tactically flexible. I think the best opportunity to do so is with Bayern.
Juventus confirmed via a statement to their investors that they received a fee of 37m from the sale of Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich. I want to keep developing as a player and win important trophies like the Champions League. We need protagonists, who have already achieved that. I have developed. He embodies a winner by the way he plays.”
Vidal, who has 69 caps for Chile, won four consecutive Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia, as well as helping the club reach May’s Champions League final, where they were beaten by Barcelona.
Vidal had been a target for the Bavarians when he joined Juve from Bayer Leverkusen for 12.5min 2011, and Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge strongly criticised the player at the time for opting to move to Turin.
It could rise by a further 3 million “based on the achievement of certain sporting objectives.”
“I’m very happy,” Vidal told Bayern’s official website. He embodies it,” Sammer said of Vidal, who won four Serie A titles during his four years at Juventus.
“I don’t think I have to change my style of play. This amount will be payable over the next two years.
Sammer said that Bayern had kept the tabs on Vidal even before his switch from Colo Colo to Bayer Leverkusen in 2007, and praised the Chile international for his winning mentality.
He scored 10 goals, set up a further 11 and helped Leverkusen to a second-place finish in 2011, before leaving Bayer for Juve after 117 Bundesliga games.
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Vidal has signed a contract until 2019 and it contains an option for another year, sporting executive Matthias Sammer told reporters during the unveiling of the Chile international in Munich on Tuesday.
However, Rummenigge said earlier this month that he had been given false information, telling reporters: “The message we were given was that the player didn’t want to come, but that’s not true..
Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of Arturo Vidal from Juventus after agreeing a 37 million fee with the Serie A champions.
The youngster was played as a defensive midfielder in his first three years at the club, before being moved into a more attacking role by then Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes.
“Thanks for these four fantastic years together. I hope we can pull it off with Bayern. I want to help the team and win trophies. I have developed it further in Italy, and will also show my physical strength in Bundesliga,” he said.
The midfielder, reported to have cost up to 37m, could make his debut in the German Supercup against Wolfsburg on Saturday.
The Chile international added on the news conference: “Back then I opted for Juventus because of my language and my family. “This is a new step in my career and I hope I do well here. I am now ready to wear the Bayern Munich jersey.”
Vidal had joined Leverkusen for 5.6m in 2007 after winning back-to-back titles at Colo Colo in his native Chile.
The former world class player added: “Complexity is his middle name. It’s a dream come true for me personally.
Bayern had already announced that Vidal was set to join and the 28-year-old has now completed the switch after a successful medical.
He also picked up several yellow and red cards, but Vidal believes that the time in Italy helped him cultivate his style so that he does not need to fear the German referees.
Vidal also posted a message to the Juve fans on his Twitter account, which read: “It’s a very special day and I want to send heartfelt greetings to all the Juventus fans in the world.
“We [Juve] weren’t a long way off winning all three competitions last season