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Arturo Vidal undaunted by arrival of Leon Goretzka

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The Chilean midfielder appears to have plenty of game left and wants to extend his stay in Munich, whether or not Goretzka is coming.

Arturo Vidal of Bayern Muenchen looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Arturo Vidal of Bayern Muenchen looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena on March 10, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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Arturo Vidal sat down with Kicker (via TZ) and gave this thoughts on a variety of subjects including Leon Goretzka, Jupp Heynckes, and his advice for developing players.

Speaking about his commitment to the club and the potential of this season’s Bayern squad, Vidal did not pull any punches.

Bayern is all I want and need. I’m just thinking about Bayern and it is my great dream to win the Champions League. That’s why I came here in the first place.

Despite Die Roten’s tremendous run under Heynckes, the elephant in the room has been how Bayern’s management team will handle the glut of talent in the central midfield, specifically the incoming Schalke man, Goretzka, who has similar qualities to the box-to-box stalwart Vidal.

You can only say today that Goretzka is coming to Bayern—but you can’t say whether, how, and where he then will play. Of course, he brings a certain class with him; otherwise he wouldn’t come to Bayern. But we have to first wait and see.

Leon Goretzka of Schalke (print) fights for the ball with Arturo Vidal of Bayern Muenchen during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Schalke 04 at Allianz Arena on February 10, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Vidal doesn’t plan to make life easy for his future teammate.
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Vidal specifically addressed his contract, which runs through the 2018/2019 season and figures to be a hot topic this summer. Many clubs would clamor to bring Vidal in if Bayern decides to open up a transfer bidding war.

I’ve shown who I am over the past three years. Whether I stay or extend depends on the people here in the club.

One of Vidal’s champions with the club is the brilliant Heynckes, whom he refers to as “the Great One.” Vidal would love Heynckes to extend his run with Bayern at least one more season, but understands that Heynckes has spent his life devoted to the game and may finally be ready for the next chapter of a phenomenal career.

El Grande knows what he’s doing. He definitely would have what it takes to be our coach for many years to come. But that is up to him; it’s strictly his decision. He has won everything—in Germany, in Spain. What a spectacular career!

Finally, Vidal, admitted that he’d like to play until the age of 36 or 37 in Europe and then end his career with a season at the club Colo-Colo in Chile before retiring. Vidal then plans to going into coaching, where he would surely be the only manager with a mohawk. On that topic, Vidal took a look at global game as a whole and laid out how he thinks an individual player can be best developed.

When a young player’s goal is to reach the highest level, he should go to Germany or Italy. These leagues help you with your development very much. Here in Germany, they’re World Cup winners; here they know how to win in soccer. Whoever wants to learn how you win should come here.

Vidal’s spirit and tenacity have been the prominent attributes that have carried his career and would sorely be missed in Munich if he does return to the squad season. Regardless, it was refreshing to see that Vidal has maintained his focus on achieving great things this season despite the many potential distractions going on around him.