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Leverkusen firm on Vidal talk

Bayer Leverkusen have made a firm stance on the future of midfielder Arturo Vidal, amid reported interest from Arsenal, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Vidal, 24, is seen by Arsene Wenger as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas should the Gunners' skipper leave for Barcelona this summer.

However, Leverkusen insist the Chile international will not move abroad for less than the club's £19 million valuation, and under no circumstances will the midfielder be sold to a Bundesliga rival.

Leverkusen manager Robin Dutt told "We are showing our rivals understanding for trying to land our best players. Anyway [general manager] Rudi Voller, [executive] Wolfgang Holzhauser and I have an agreement, and that is that we will not sell Arturo Vidal to any club from the Bundesliga.

"In terms of a bid from a club outside Germany, there is an acceptance limit in terms of the financial aspect. Still we have yet to receive such a bid for this player."

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes, though, remains confident of landing the player even if he has to wait another year.

"It's not that clever to keep a player who has one year remaining on his contract and is determined to go," Heynckes said. "Vidal assured me that he wants to join Bayern, that he´s totally behind this decision. If it won't work now, it'll work next year."


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