Arturo Vidal will be looking to force his way back to Juventus in the summer if Barcelona fail to lift the Champions League trophy, reports in Spain say
Vidal had seemed to be a strange choice for Barcelona when he arrived at Camp Nou in summer 2018, but the combative midfielder has proved the doubters wrong.
The 33-year-old has become one of the most consistent first-team players at the ‘Blaugrana’ over the past two years, making 95 appearances in all competitions.
Only this season, the former Bayern Munich man has recorded 33 La Liga outings, adding six more in the Champions League.
However, Vidal could be on his way out of Barcelona in the coming months unless Quique Setien’s men somehow manage to lift the Champions League crown.
Andrea Pirlo's appointment as the Juventus manager could influence Arturo Vidal's future at Barcelona, and it's not ruled out that the Chilean could return to the Italian side to player under his former teammate. [el país via md] pic.twitter.com/BcVOB2HdwQ— barcacentre (@barcacentre) August 12, 2020
According to the Spanish publication, Mundo Deportivo, Vidal will request permission to return to Juventus as part of his efforts to win Europe’s elite club competition before hanging up his boots.
The same source also states the Chile international doubts Barcelona’s chances of mounting serious pressure on the other Champions League contenders next year.
Indeed, he sees Juventus as a much better option, especially after Andrea Pirlo replaced Maurizio Sarri earlier this month.
The two were teammates at the Allianz Stadium between 2011 and 2015, and the prospect of a reunion seems to be appealing to both.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will face a formidable challenge of a rampant Bayern Munich squad in the revamped Champions League semi-finals on Friday.
After dumping out Napoli, 4-2 on aggregate, the Catalans will have an uphill task of inflicting a first loss on the ‘Bavarians,’ who have won all eight of their European fixtures this season.