"I must be honest, it's not right to talk about a player of another team. Especially if you try to link this player with us," he explained during a press conference.
"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."
Some Chelsea fans have welcomed the news…
Arturo Vidal and N'Golo Kante midfield would be #CFC
— Josh Legg (@iamjoshlar21) December 27, 2017
Someone tell me it's happening
Azpi AC Rudi
Moses Vidal Kante Sandro
Alexis Morata Eden pic.twitter.com/Y3JmcPaiiU
— Daniel (@DanSmith1693) December 26, 2017
Vidal needed imo. Kante, Vidal, Fabregas would be the best midfield in the world.
— Spanish number9 (@Outmanlile3) December 26, 2017
We need to get Vidal this winter.
Finally, someone who loves shooting from outside the box.
— Miracle™ (@Official_Loner) December 27, 2017
Love the Arturo Vidal rumors.
Despite his age he is still good, and he will bring some quality experience to this side.
Best of all he is a Conte man. Will stand by him, give his all for not only the club, but the manager too.
— Lav (@LavCFC) December 27, 2017
But whether it's his age, or quality, some Blues fans think Vidal just isn't a smart buy.
Arturo Vidal, definitely one of my favourite players, but I think Chelsea would be smarter if they sign both Goretzka and Trigueros instead.
— FRANCO (@franco_47nm) December 26, 2017
Those short-term solutions are the reasons we're in this situation and Vidal alone won't bring us close to the CL, he's not worth it
— C (@ChristophCFC) December 26, 2017
Like Vidal as a player but I think he is too similar to the CMs we have. Would rather we pursue a CM/CAM that is similar to Fàbregas/recall Loftus-Cheek.
— Anonymous (@BryanYimCT) December 27, 2017
I welcome the links with Vidal, but again at 30 years old, his best years are probably behind him.
— Alan Conway (@alanjt26) December 27, 2017
We are messed up if we sign him
— Pep Blatter (@pepp_blatter) December 27, 2017