?Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed claims Inter Milan made a bid for midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer, telling Italian broadcaster ?Mediaset that they did not receive an offer from any club for the former Juventus man.
Vidal was strongly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena throughout the summer, with Italian side Inter Milan and Premier League Chelsea both rumoured to be potential suitors.
However, Rummenigge has stated that nobody made a bid for the 30-year-old, who has since been an ever-present for Bayern this season.
“Nobody asked us for him and there was never an official offer for him, not even this summer when the market was open,” he said. “So I cannot confirm [Inter wanted him].”
The Bavarian side saw Douglas Costa, Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso all leave over the summer, and so it is believed that selling Vidal was not an option they favoured.
Nevertheless, Inter have started the Serie A season strongly without Vidal, with the club currently sitting in second place and head coach Luciano Spalletti seemingly happy with his new recruits.
The San Siro club made five senior signings during the transfer window, including Fiorentina duo Borja Valero and Matías Vecino, and Steven Zhang, the son of the club’s owner Zhang Jindong, says he is satisfied with the way things have gone so far this term, even suggesting that the club can challenge for the Serie A title.
?Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has announced that he will retire from international football following the end of the World Cup campaign.
La Roja suffered two successive defeats in their most recent outings, losing 3-0 against Paraguay and then 1-0 at altitude in Bolivia.
And Vidal took to Instagram following the disappointing results to confirm that he will bring to an end his international career after Chile’s World Cup campaign.
“Sorry Chile for these two losses!” the 30-year-old wrote. “We put everything in the field but we couldn’t win.
“We will continue fighting!!! Two matches and the World Cup is what I have left, thanks for so much affection in all these years!!!”
Chile now sit sixth in the CONMEBOL standings with just two games left to play, a point behind fifth placed Argentina and two off Peru in fourth.
It could be that the playoffs are the country’s only chance of reaching next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Vidal’s retirement will have come as another blow to those associated with the Chilean national team, although there will be hope that he does not have to cease playing until at least June next year.
The experienced Bayern Munich midfielder has acquired 97 caps for Chile, and was a key part of their back-to-back Copa America victories in 2015 and 2016.
?Bayern Munich have announced their squad ahead of the upcoming Champions League group stages.
The Bundesliga champions have selected a large squad of 31 players, including a number of youngsters.
New signings Niklas Sule, Sebastian Rudy and Corentin Tolisso are included after their arrivals this summer.
Youngsters such as Lars Lukas Mai, Felix Gotze, Niklas Dorsch and Milos Pantovic have been selected by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Bayern were drawn in a group with Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht and Celtic and will play their first game against the Belgian side at the Allianz Arena.
The German giants also brought in former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry during the transfer window, but he has been sent out on loan to Hoffenheim. Highly-rated midfielder Renato Sanches has also joined Premier League side Swansea on loan.
Tolisso was signed from Lyon for a club-record €41.5m, and recently singled out Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara as his most impressive teammates.
“Franck is the longest in the Bayern squad and what he does at the age of 34 is exemplary,” Tolisso said.
“He goes motivated into every training, heals himself completely and never gives up. I’ve never seen his combination of speed and technology a second time.
“And Thiago is someone who has an incomprehensible technical quality. With him, everything looks simple. They both impressed me.”