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Arturo Vidal will not join Chelsea in January - Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes

Bayern's Jupp Heynckes emphasises that the club has had 'no contact' with Chelsea over a possible move for Arturo Vidal.
Antonio Conte admitted he would always want Arturo Vidal on his team, but refused to speak any further on the matter.

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes says there has been "no contact" with Chelsea over the possible January transfer of midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to land Vidal at Stamford Bridge in the winter transfer window. The pair share a good relationship after winning three successive Serie A titles at Juventus between 2011 and 2014.

Heynckes, however, is reluctant to let Vidal leave with the Chile international tied down for another 18 months on his current Bayern deal.

"There is no contact between Chelsea and Bayern Munich," the 72-year-old told a news conference. "We will not sell Vidal or any other player, for that matter, during the winter break.

Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal has featured in all but one of Bayern's 16 games since Heynckes returned.

"Arturo is very motivated. I don't know what that means but it's been the case over the past few weeks. This is necessary too. He is a top player for us. With him in very good condition we can play even better."

Vidal, branded as "one of the best in the world" by Conte on Boxing Day, has been in revitalised form since Carlo Ancelotti's dismissal at Bayern in October -- scoring four consecutive Bundesliga goals under Heynckes in December.

The 30-year-old, who has won a total of four Serie A titles and two Bundesliga titles, moved to Pep Guardiola's Bayern for a fee of €37 million in 2015. He has made a total of 71 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, Heynckes also had his say on veteran wingers Arjen Robben (33) Franck Ribery (34), with both players seeing their current deals expire in the summer.

"Our sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is here and there will be a decision made along with [CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and our president [Uli Hoeness] in operational business," he added.

"We know both players well and they have performed exceptionally for Bayern over many years.

"For me, a player's effectiveness is not dependent on his age but on his condition, fitness and willingness to perform well over the course of a season.

"I am absolutely convinced that they will both enjoy a good second half of the season. What happens after then isn't in my hands, that decision making power lies with the club."

Ribery has been linked with a move to Qatar after Xavi Hernandez pleaded for his arrival on Friday.

ESPN FC correspondent Mark Lovell contributed to this report.

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