Valverde not thinking about Vidal leaving Barca amid Inter & Man Utd links

Ernesto Valverde addressed growing speculation over Arturo Vidal's future ahead of the Supercopa de Espana semi-final.

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal   -  Getty Images

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde said he is not thinking about Arturo Vidal leaving the La Liga champion amid links to Inter and Manchester United.

Vidal has slipped down the pecking order since Frenkie de Jong's arrival from Ajax, prompting speculation over his future at Camp Nou, where he has only started four La Liga matches this season.

The 32-year-old Vidal has been heavily linked to a reunion with former Juventus head coach Antonio Conte at Serie A side Inter, while struggling Premier League giant United is reportedly interested.

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Valverde addressed the rumours ahead of Thursday's Supercopa de Espana semifinal against Atletico Madrid in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

"We're not thinking about him going to another team," Valverde told a news conference. "We'll see tomorrow [Thursday]. In principle he's with us. No clues."

Pressed on reported interest from England and Italy, Valverde replied: "Arturo Vidal plays for us and tomorrow he'll be on the pitch or on the bench.

"We don't pay any attention to other clubs being interested in our players."

Vidal swapped Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich for Barcelona in 2018 and the Chilean has since won La Liga and the Supercopa de Espana.

He has scored six La Liga goals in 15 matches this season, while the veteran has amassed 20 appearances across all competitions.

 

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