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Marotta: Chances of Vidal exit 'remote'

Carlos Tevez says that Arturo Vidal is a 'champion' and that he must stay at Juventus.

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has said the chances that Arturo Vidal could leave the club are "remote."

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Vidal, 27, returned to Italy on Thursday following a post-World Cup break and spoke to reporters about the possibility of him leaving the Bianconeri, with Manchester United reportedly interested.

But Marotta has attempted to end any doubt that the midfielder, who has won three Serie A titles at Juventus, could depart.

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"It's very simple. Vidal extended his contract with us last season, as there was a reciprocal desire to continue this rapport," Marotta told a news conference as reported by Football Italia.

"There is no reason for him to leave. Yesterday he gave an interview in a rushed and embarrassed manner, as he was getting his luggage and so was misinterpreted.

"I can assure and confirm Vidal is happy to be with us and there's no reason for alarm. He had these problems with the knee injury and rushing the recovery for the World Cup, so will take a while to find his fitness.

"Nobody can doubt the quality of the player, nor how strong his bond is with Juventus."

Arturo Vidal has a contract with Juventus until 2017.

When asked if he would be surprised if Vidal did leave, Marotta added: "Absolutely yes. It is a very remote chance, considering what the lad is like, and so I'm not even considering the possibility.

"The situation around him is typical of the transfer market when several big clubs admire him. Vidal exploded in a fairly unexpected way over the last two years to become one of the most important players in the world.

"He is naturally linked to big clubs, but I'll point out Juventus are a big club too and we intend to hold on tight. I don't get the sensation he wants to leave us."

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