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Arturo Vidal relishing ‘step up’ at Barcelona after switch from Bayern Munich

The Chile international agreed a move to the Nou Camp last week and was officially unveiled as a Barca player on Monday.

Arturo Vidal feels he is making a step up by swapping Bayern Munich for Barcelona.

The Chile international agreed a move to the Nou Camp last week and was officially unveiled as a Barca player on Monday.

The 31-year-old former Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus midfielder won the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons with Bavarian giants Bayern but feels Barca is a greater challenge.

Speaking at a press conference covered by the club’s website, www.fcbarcelona.com, Vidal said: “I’ve come here to bring a lot of energy onto the pitch. Joining Barca is a step up for me. I will work hard to bring joy to the Barcelona fans.”

It has been reported that Barcelona agreed a fee in the region of £18million for the player.

Vidal played 124 competitive games for Bayern, scoring 22 goals and providing 17 assists. As well as his three Bundesliga titles he also helped the club win the DFB-Pokal in 2016 and the German Super Cup twice.

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Vidal spent three years at Bayern Munich before switching to the Nou Camp (Manu Fernandez/AP)

As well as his press conference, Vidal also paraded his skills for a photoshoot on the Nou Camp pitch.

“I’m very happy to be joining Barca, the best team in the world,” he said.

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