Italian giants Juventus have hit back at criticism from Bayern Munich over their signing of Arturo Vidal.
Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has today blasted the player, signed by Juve on Friday, for allegedly breaking a promise to join them this summer.
That outburst has resulted in the Turin giants issuing a statement on their official website from director general Beppe Marotta.
"With regards to the Vidal situation, Juventus operated according to the market rules which foresee an agreement with a club, Bayer Leverkusen in this case, and with a player," it read.
"It seems that Rummenigge opted for less orthodox channels.
"They have missed out on a great opportunity in the transfer market and in terms of communication – their silence would have been preferable.
"Evidently the Nerazzurri past of a great champion and official like Rummenigge weighs heavily and, as is clear, you can't control the heart."
As a player, Rummenigge appeared for Inter – Juventus' historic rivals – in his career.
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