I’m excited to play with Messi – Vidal

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New Barcelona midfield enforcer, Arturo Vidal is enthusiastic at the opportunity to play alongside superstar Lionel Messi after joining the club from Bayern Munich.

Chilean midfielder Vidal will be presented on Monday (today) by 1pm following his arrival from Bundesliga champions Bayern.

The deal for Vidal has reportedly cost La Liga titleholders Barca €20 million (£18m/$23m) after the 31-year-old was also linked with Serie A outfit Inter.

The Blaugrana swooped to land the Chile international to replace Paulinho, who returned to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on loan after a single season at Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde signalled his intention to add to his midfield options after the Brazilian’s departure, with club great Andres Iniesta having also departed for Asia by signing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

The fourth signing of the 2018/19 season spoke for the first time since he became a blaugrana, said: “To be honest I am very happy. I am looking forward to starting training with my team-mates, to wearing such a famous shirt, and to doing important things here.

“It is a dream. I hope to achieve my objectives. I am here to win all the trophies available and I will give everything on the pitch to achieve this.

“[I will bring] a lot of fight, lots of passion, helping the team at all times, and making sure the team always wins.

“During the three-year contract, I hope we can win everything we play for.

“I am excited to play with Messi, Suarez, Sergio Busquets… they are all great players.”

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