The Blues boss responded to questions over the 30-year-old Chilean international and whether Chelsea are considering a move for the Bayern Munich midfielder.
Conte enthused about the player whom he coached at Juventus, claiming he was a “fantastic player”.
Vidal hinted last summer that this would be his final season in the Bundesliga and at 30, has the right experience for Conte. The Italian is disappointed with his side’s performance this season, believing they need more fight in midfield.
The gap to Manchester United closed to a point with the win over Chelsea this afternoon, leaving Conte pleased with their improvement.
Vidal is a regular with Bayern and on course his best-ever season in Germany. In his 23 first-team appearances this season, he has netted 5 times. His highest goal return since leaving Juventus in a €40m deal is 9.
However, under Conte, the Chilean netted 33 goals in the Italian’s final two seasons in charge. His arrival at Stamford Bridge would surely see the end of 30-year-old Cesc Fabregas’ stay in south-west London with speculation over Willian, 29, already mounting.
Manchester United are interested in both players with Brazilian forced to deny recent claims that he held talks with former boss Jose Mourinho.