Friday August 5 2011
Vidal to Bayern was impossible

Bayer Leverkusen director Rudi Voller insists he was never going to sell Juventus new boy Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich.

The Italian outfit netted the Chilean international last month in a deal which infuriated Bayern, who claimed that the midfielder had previously agreed to join them.

"We knew that we couldn't keep him as he had just a year left on his contract," the former Roma striker told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"However, we had already made it clear that we would not help to strengthen another German club by selling him to them.

"We kept our word and did nothing wrong."

Juve netted the Copa America player for €10.5m, but only after another Serie A outfit had made an approach.

"Napoli first asked me for him, but the player was not convinced," Voller continued. "Then Juve came in and everybody was happy.

"Juventus director general Beppe Marotta will also send him back to us ahead of one of our games so that we can thank him for his service."

Bayer signed the 24-year-old for €5m in 2007 from Colo Colo.