Exit door for yet another Barcelona star, Arturo Vidal – The Chilean Warrior.

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Arturo Vidal

As Barcelona’s new manager, Ronald Koeman has made it clear that along with Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal has no place in his plans for the revamping process in his Barcelona side. Vidal has already been heavily linked with a move back to Italy, Juventus and Inter Milan are in contention of the Chilean’s signature, and it will be a matter of time since his move gets permanent.
With many midfield players departing in 2018, that included Iniesta, Paulinho, Marlon and Andre Gomes the Blaugrana’s got in Arthur and Vidal to fill in the irreplaceable void left by Don Andres.

Arturo Vidal’s arrival at Barcelona

Very few players have accomplished success such as Arturo Vidal. The Chilean has been a champion in 3 different leagues across Europe ever since he joined Juventus from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer on 2011-12 season. A player known for his hard-tacking, aggression and tenacious gameplay; Vidal is someone you do not want to mess around with on the football pitch. “Il Guerriero” translated as The Warrior in Italian slang, is the perfect nickname for our South American champion. Vidal has not been a regular starter with Barcelona ever since he joined the Blaugrana’s in the 2018 transfer window on a 3-year contract. But he brought onboard loads of experience and a re-enforcement option for the midfield at the club. Vidal got his first goal for the club against club rivals Real Madrid in a famous 5-1 win in the El Clasico. Well, and he has been a pivotal player whenever the team counted on him for his defensive midfield abilities.

Sofascore Vidal
Heatmap of Arturo Vidal in La Liga 2019-20, Source: Sofascore

Vidal’s heatmap for the last La Liga season reflects on the midfielder’s presence on the pitch. Even though he may have started only 16 of the 33 matches played, his contributions are commendable. Known for his passing accuracy, Vidal ended up with an 88% accuracy rating per game. A stat which most midfielders will be proud of. Vidal has always been a warrior, and a hunger for winning more has always been his motto. Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arthur and Sergi Roberto always looked to be the preferred midfield options for the club and Vidal was still the player the team required in the second halves of the games. Vidal has defined himself as always been a box to box midfielder and an effective carrier of the ball. Vidal’s aggressive tacking abilities bring back memories of AC Milan’s stalwart Genaro Gatusso on tackling.

Arturo Vidal’s stats in La Liga 2019-20

Arturo Vidal Barcelona stats 2019-20
Arturo Vidal Barcelona stats 2019-20, source: FC Barcelona website.

Last season, too many surprises Arturo Vidal leads the stats with the best effectiveness in front of goal in the league. Out of his 23 shots on the target, eight have ended up in the back of the net. 34.78% is the accuracy rate and being played as a midfielder. The Chilean has a feather in his cap to boast about even though the season did not end with a trophy for the club.
When I talk about the effectiveness of Arturo Vidal, I mean it. We all know the pressure and dependency of the shoulder of Lionel Messi in front of goal, and Vidal’s 8 goal contributions last year makes him the fourth-highest goal scorer for the club’s season. For a midfielder to contribute goals, is always an added benefit for a team who heavily depends on its strikers to get them.

The departure of Arturo Vidal on the cards

The board and the entire sports community were shaken when the interest of Lionel Messi to leave the club was announced, but amidst the saga; La Pulga will still stay at Barcelona for another season. Going trophy less at the club, after nearly a decade has been a major talking point. Many first team players believe the dependence of only a handful of players at the club has taken a toll throughout the footballing campaign and no club’s sporting project has been rolled out to back it up. The humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich was a final reminder that the club needs to rebuild the squad and have stronger options to field out on the pitch.
The best team in the world cannot have 13 professional players. You cannot always win with DNA. Messi is the best in the world, an extra-terrestrial, but he needs help so that better results can be achieved.” Vidal said in a recent interview.

Barcelona is now facing a big rebuild with several ageing stars facing the axe, one of them is Vidal. With the rumours getting stronger each day, Vidal looks to be moving out of Spain to continue his footballing career. The headlines on The SUN is another confirmation that the Chilean will be leaving Barcelona before the start of this year’s La Liga campaign.
ARTURO VIDAL looks set to terminate his contract at Barcelona to complete his proposed move to Inter Milan. Vidal, 33, has under a year left on his Barca contract but he would like to end it now so he can join the Serie A outfit.

Now at 33 and still a lot to give to football, maybe Vidal’s departure is in the best interest for him and his career. With youngsters such as Ansu Fati and Rique Puig stepping up, Barcelona looks to build a team aimed at the future. A team of champions. A team we all knew as the best in the world for the football they displayed. The Pep Era is never coming back, but we can only trust that Koeman can bring out the change in the club and make it great again.

Vidal came in as a champion and will leave the club as a notable player through these two years he has contributed to Barcelona. If the move to Inter Milan or Juventus gets done this transfer window, he will leave the club with La Liga and Spanish Super Cup to his name he won last season.

Although to most fans it may seem that Vidal hasn’t been a big success at Barcelona, the astute would know how crucial his services were, for the club would’ve struggled way more without him. With Busquets and rakitic losing their mobility to age, and Puig too young to be played every match, Vidal’s dynamism surely helped keep Barcelona afloat, in a season which could’ve been way worse without him. The Chilean warrior is rumoured to leave mostly for Inter Milan if a move happens, he must be thanked however for his crucial services over the seasons.

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