Vidal follows Balotelli in blasting Chiellini's new book

‘I don’t see why one should say those things, it annoyed me’: Arturo Vidal follows Mario Balotelli in blasting Giorgio Chiellini after former Juventus team-mate accused him of drinking too much alcohol in his book

  • Giorgio Chiellini’s new book has come in for criticism from former team-mates
  • The Juventus captain claimed Arturo Vidal had drunk too much alcohol
  • But Chile star hit back at his former Juve team-mate claiming he broke no rules
  • Vidal, now at Barcelona, claimed Chiellini had broken a dressing room code 

Giorgio Chiellini’s book continues to create controversy and negative reactions with Arturo Vidal the latest to hit back at his former Juventus team-mate.

It follows on from criticisms made by Mario Balotelli and Felipe Melo following their supposed negative portrayals in the book.

The former Juventus midfielder, now with Barcelona, had been accused of drinking too much alcohol.

Arturo Vidal took to Instagram to criticise former Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini

Vidal believes Chiellini was wrong to criticise his off-pitch conduct concerning alcohol

During a direct Instagram Vidal said: ‘People have focused on the worst things Chiellini said. And I don’t see why one should say those things, it annoyed me.

‘But he also said that I was a champion. He called me and explained to me. I didn’t do anything I couldn’t do. I was allowed to go out. I am a human being like everyone else. I work hard and if friends meet for an asado with the club’s permission, I’ll go too.

‘If I have to stay focused, I do it. But when it’s my turn to have fun I take advantage of it, I’m just like the others. And when I was wrong, I paid and got up’.

Vidal ended his verbal tirade by hinting that Chiellini had broken an unwritten rule of ‘what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room’ by saying: ‘In football there are codes…’. 

Chiellini raises a high foot against Vidal during a Juventus game against Cagliari in 2013

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Vidal 'interested in signing for Newcastle if they hire Allegri'

Arturo Vidal ‘interested in signing for Newcastle United if they hire Max Allegri’ as Barcelona midfielder left ‘unconvinced’ by Manchester United

  • Arturo Vidal looks set to leave Barcelona with just one-year left on his contract
  • The Chilean would be interested in joining Newcastle if they hire Max Allegri 
  • He has also been linked with moves to giants Manchester United and Inter Milan 

Newcastle United could be set to launch a shock bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The Chilean international is reportedly set to leave the Nou Camp this summer, and Steve Bruce’s side could be set to fight Manchester United and Inter Milan for his signature.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Vidal is giving serious consideration to a Premier League proposal, but it is not from Old Trafford.

Newcastle United have reportedly emerged as a shock contender to sign Arturo Vidal

The report states that Vidal sees Newcastle as having a ‘very attractive growth plan,’ and would be interested in joining the club if they were to replace Bruce with his old Juventus boss Max Allegri.

On the other hand, he is reportedly ‘unconvinced’ by Manchester United’s plans for the future.

Vidal’s contract at Barcelona is set to expire in June 2021, so a sale this summer at a reduced price seems likely.

Earlier this week bookmakers slashed the odds of Allegri becoming the next Newcastle manager, as the club’s £350m takeover moves closer to completion.

The Italian left Juventus at the end of last season and has been out of work ever since.

Magpies’ owner Mike Ashley is in talks with a group led by Amanda Staveley to sell the club after 13 years in charge.

A group led by Amanda Staveley is in talks to purchase Newcastle from Mike Ashley

Bookmakers have slashed their odds on Max Allegri taking charge at St James’ Park 

If the takeover was to go through, the ambitious prospective buyers are thought to want a big name to replace Bruce, with former manager Rafa Benitez also reportedly in contention. 

Vidal has never played in England, having spent his career with Colo Colo, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Bayern Munich before joining the Nou Camp.

Should Newcastle make a move, their fiercest rivals could come in Italian giants Inter Milan.

Inter’s manager Antonio Conte has also worked with Vidal at Juventus, and the Chilean could be included in any attempt from Barcelona to sign striker Lautaro Martinez.

Vidal played three seasons at Juventus under Conte before spending his final season at the club playing for Allegri. 

Vidal though could be interested in reuniting with former manager Antonio Conte in Milan

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