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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has implied that he would very much like to bring Arturo Vidal to Stamford Bridge but would not go as far as confirming if there are talks going on or plans in place to complete the move.

It is has been reported on several occasions that The Blues’ boss is eager for new signings to join the club in the January window as he seeks a stronger second half of the season but there have been reports he has names listed for summer moves with his former star Vidal mentioned.

The Bayern Munich dynamic midfield enforcer is getting to the end of his contract with the Bavaria club which is at the end of next season and was reported to be in talks with his ex-boss (Conte) regarding a move.

The Chile international was a player for Conte at Juventus before the Italian manager resigned in 2014 and Vidal left for Bayern a year later.

Conte was full of praise for Vidal but there was no insight as to whether Chelsea are planning a move towards signing him.

“I must be honest, it’s not right to talk about a player from another team – especially if you try to link this player with us,” he said after his side’s victory over Brighton on Tuesday. “But (Arturo) is a fantastic player. I have a great respect for Arturo, and we spent many years in Juventus together. If we go to war, I’d always want him with me.”

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.