Chile international Arturo Vidal has highlighted his ambition to win the treble with Barcelona after making the switch from Bayern Munich. The 31-year-old made the surprise move to the Spanish champions earlier in the week and he is now looking forward to working alongside some of the best players in the world.

Speaking to thomasvermaelen.co.uk, he said: “When my agent gave me the option, I didn’t doubt for a second. To face Messi is something beautiful because you take on the best player in the history. Now that I’m on his team, I hope to be up to his standard. We have the best players in the world here. I’ve played in many teams and now I’ve arrived at the best. This is a new challenge. To have arrived at Barcelona is a bigger step than that of Bayern Munich. I hope to help the team win titles. I’m hungry to win titles. I have arrived with all the energy and ready to leave my heart on the pitch.”

Vidal’s future had come into question during the early stages of the transfer window after it was revealed that Bayern would not take the option of renewing his contract beyond June 2019. Thereafter, he was regularly linked with a move to Inter Milan before Barcelona ultimately hijacked the deal.

Nevertheless, the move is likely to have an impact on the future of Yerry Mina, who could be sacrificed to satisfy the non-EU player limit. At present, only three players holding non-European passports are permitted by the Spanish La Liga and those positions are likely to be taken by Vidal and fellow summer signings Malcom and Arthur.

Mina has been attracting interest from both Everton and Manchester United this month but the former may have an advantage in the player’s pursuit, should the Blaugrana demand a buy-back clause to be inserted.

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