Vidal hopes to retire at Bayern

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has tipped his team to win the Champions League this season, while he hopes to retire at the Allianz Arena.

Vidal joined the Bavarians from Juventus in a €35 million transfer at the start of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season.

The 28-year-old admits it took him a while to adjust to life at Bayern after a difficult start, but he is delighted to have found his balance in the end and looks forward to hanging up his boots at the club.

“Thanks to all the effort I have put in over time I’m now at the best team in the world. I hope to remain here until I retire,” Vidal told ESPN FC.

“Now I know my team-mates. We are more than a group, we are like a family, and this gives me a lot of confidence.

“At first it was difficult because I came from a different style of football, I had to get used to things, I had to adapt to a new team, new players.

“But I knew that at some point I would feel comfortable and be able to show everyone who I am as a player, like I showed everyone at Juventus. That moment has come.”

Pep Guardiola’s men travel to Atletico Madrid for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash on Wednesday.

“I believe it’s the most important title for a player, and I hope this year I can win it and continue to grow,” Vidal added.

“I think Bayern is the favourite, because of the players we have, because of the manager we have, because of what he is doing, because Bayern always gives teams trouble in this stage of the Champions League. It’s difficult for any team to win against Bayern.”

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