Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal believes that he is back to the best version of himself after a strong performance against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, the Chilean stated that he is ready to continue helping his team and that he feels that he is in top form.
Vidal had been reportedly close to an exit from the Nerazzurri in the summer, with the midfielder’s wages thought to be excessive for a player who struggled for form and fitness during the second half of last season.
However, the 34-year-old remained at Inter for the start of the season, where Simone Inzaghi has entrusted him with appearances in which he has frequently been impactful of the bench in particular.
The coach trusted Vidal to play from the start against Sheriff in a must-win group stage clash, and the midfielder repaid the coach’s faith with a goal and an assist to cap off a strong performance.
The Chilean believes that he can keep going like this and that he is ready to show the kind of form that he has throughout his career at the top of European football.
“It was difficult to think that this team could not win,” he said of the Champions League campaign, “it happened last year too. But now we have won, we have to continue like this by improving on a couple of things.”
Asked whether the “Real Vidal” had returned he responded, “Yes, last year was very difficult. I hadn’t done the full preseason because I arrived late, now it’s different: I’m happy and 100%.”
Asked about Sunday’s key head-to-head clash with his former club Juventus the Chilen stated, “I’ve been ready for it all year.”
And in response to remark by Bianconeri defender Leonardo Bonucci to the effect that Inter won the Scudetto because Juventus had dropped off he laughed and replied, “I’m not saying anything, they have the chance to have a rematch. Let’s see who is the strongest this year.”