Munich - Bayern Munich confirmed on Tuesday they have signed Chile midfielder
Arturo Vidal from Juventus on a four-year deal with Bastian
Schweinsteiger's replacement reportedly costing €35 million.
The 28-year-old Vidal has been brought in by the
German champions to bolster their options in the middle after Germany
captain Schweinsteiger joined Manchester United earlier this month.
wanted to make another big step in my career, I want to develop myself
further as a player and win titles like the Champions League," said
Vidal in Spanish, despite having already spent four seasons in Germany
with Bayer Leverkusen.
"The chance to do that, I see most likely at FC Bayern. I want to support the team and win trophies.
"For me, this is a dream come true."
is Bayern's second major signing of the close season after Brazil
winger or striker Douglas Costa was signed from Shakhtar Donetsk earlier
German daily Bild say Vidal will earn €10 million per season at Bayern.
am delighted to be back in the Bundesliga and of course, I hope to win
it," added the player who helped Juventus reach last season's Champions
League final after claiming the Italian league and cup double.
With his collection of tattoos and eye-catching hairstyle, the Chilean will bring some glamour to the Bavarian giants.
is a guy who likes to win and has an excellent mentality," said
Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer, who added Vidal has the
option of an extra year after his contact expires in 2019.
"He'll be good for us with his strength in one-on-ones, his eye for goal and his flexibility."
converted a spot-kick in Chile's 4-1 penalty shoot-out win over
Argentina earlier this month that saw them win the Copa America and he
was also named in the team of the tournament.
tournament was also overshadowed by an arrest for drink driving after he
crashed his Ferrari as he was returning to the capital Santiago after
an evening at a casino. His wife, who was with him in the car, was
He is unlikely to play in Saturday's German Super Cup
final at Wolfsburg, but Vidal says he wants to play if Bayern coach Pep
Guardiola gives him the nod: "if the trainer wants me to, I'm ready to
German champions Bayern will start the new Bundesliga
season at home to Hamburg on Friday, August 14 and will be bidding to
make history by becoming the first team to win four consecutive