Munich - Boasting no less than seven World Cup winners in their star-studded squad, FC Bayern München are no strangers to swelling their ranks with high-calibre quality. The German record titleholders' marquee summer signing Arturo Vidal most certainly falls into that category.
Fresh from winning the Copa America 2015 with Chile and his post-tournament summer holiday in Miami, Florida, the reigning Bundesliga champions' new midfield enforcer has arrived in southern Bavaria. bundesliga.com was on hand to keep you abreast of all the developments surrounding the 28-year-old's official unveiling as an FC Bayern München player on Tuesday.
"Mia san mia!"
That’s all from Munich and King Arturo for now. The next time we see him in an FCB shirt might just be at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday evening. Bayern fans will certainly hope so.
In the meantime, Vidal should probably start working on his German, seeing as he’s already mastered Bavarian! Ciao for now.
Bring on Wolfsburg!
Vidal says he could even make his debut against VfL Wolfsburg in the 2015 Supercup on Saturday.
King Arturo has been given the number 23 shirt. (For those of you who remember Sven Ulreich being presented with the number 23 shirt a few weeks ago, the former VfB Stuttgart stopper will now wear the number 26.
"I wanted to make another big step"
"I am delighted to be back in the Bundesliga and obviously hope to win the league this season. I didn’t manage to do that with Leverkusen back then, but with FC Bayern my chances of doing so are very, very good. I want to develop here as a player win important titles like the Champions League. I wanted to make another big step in my career and I am very happy to be here at this great club."
"I want to win titles"
Vidal: "I want to do my best and win titles. That’s the most important thing for me."
And here he is!
The press conference is about to start. Let's see what the man of the moment has to say...
What can Vidal add to Bayern?
With the likes of Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Thiago, Javi Martinez, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller all vying for a place in Pep Guardiola's starting XI, Bayern already appeared to have world-beating options available in midfield. So why sign Vidal? As bundesliga.com discovers, he has certain highly desirable attributes. Click here for the full article.
Speaking to Bayern's official club website shortly after putting pen to paper on his new contract, Vidal said he is "thrilled about playing in the Bundesliga again and obviously hope to win it this time."
The camera bulbs were popping as Bayern unveiled Arturo Vidal as their latest acquisition on Twitter.
Pen to paper
The Chilean international has signed a contract valid until 2019 and the German record titleholders will be hoping he will add the grit and determination their midfield unit was missing at times last season.
OFFICIAL: ARTURO VIDAL WILL BE UNVEILED AS AN FC BAYERN PLAYER AT 16:30 CET
Vidal will not need much introduction to Bundesliga fans, having already made over a century of appearances in the top German division for Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Yet even the keenest of Bundesliga followers might not know everything about the Chilean midfield maestro. Let bundesliga.com help you out with ten things about Vidal.
Key cog in Champions League winning machine?
FC Bayern München have fallen short at Europe's top table in the previous two seasons, but if Arturo Vidal's stats are anything to go by he could well prove to be the inspiration behind another tilt at Europe's most prestigious prize.
That Vidal looks good in a red shirt was already known, so before he pulls on the next one for his collection, bundesliga.com looks back at the Chilean in all his glory, and see how he even makes black and white look vibrant in our Arturo Vidal gallery.
Vidal has landed
Arturo Vidal touched down in Munich on Monday evening and having spent the night at a hotel in the city centre, is expected to undergo the mandatory pre-transfer medical check later today before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract with the German record titleholders. Vidal himself has kept quiet over the past few days, last tweeting, "A new era...a new dream...here we go Munich!", upon his departure from Miami.
Una nueva etapa...un nuevo sueño...allá vamos Munich!!! pic.twitter.com/isU2anR4q8— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) July 26, 2015
All good things must come to an end
After saying goodbye to Miami, for Vidal it's now all about completing his move to Munich and getting back to the daily ins and outs of being a professional footballer. However, FC Bayern fans will have to wait until Saturday's Supercup encounter with VfL Wolfsburg to see their new recruit in action as Pep Guardiola has not planned any public training sessions for the remainder of this week.
Lapping up the sunshine
What better way to unwind following a title-winning performance at this summer's Copa America than to hit the beaches in southern Florida. "A beautiful day with my beautiful family," tweeted Vidal last week.