Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has dismissed talk of Arturo Vidal being allowed to leave the club to join Premier League champions Chelsea.
The 30-year-old Chile international midfielder joined Bayern in the summer of 2015 from Juventus, having previously impressed in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverksuen.
We will not sell Arturo Vidal, or any other player for that matter, during the winter break. He has since helped the Bavarian giants to two Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal success, while also being a key member of the Chile squad who won the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016.
And Heynckes insists that Vidal is going nowhere, while also ruling out the January sale of any player he wants to remain at the Allianz Arena.
He told reporters at a winter training camp in Qatar: “Certainly, there’s been no contact between the clubs, it’s just speculation. Arturo Vidal is very motivated, he’s a top player and we need him at his very best if Bayern is to play well.
“We will not sell Arturo Vidal, or any other player for that matter, during the winter break.”
Bayern hold an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table as the teams enjoy their winter break, with the men from Munich also having progressed through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In the last-16 they have been drawn to face Besiktas, with the two sides having only met twice before, with Bayern winning 2-0 in both games in the group stages of the 1997/98 Champions League.
Die Roten are available at 5/1 to win the Champions League this season, with holders Real Madrid priced at 8/1 and Manchester City 3/1.