Date: 15th September 2013 at 5:45pm
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Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has admitted to having handled the ball during his side’s 1-1 Derby d’Italia draw against Inter, and confirmed that he is close to signing a new deal in Turin.

The first meeting of the season between the bitter rivals ended all-square, with Mauro Icardi’s goal for the Nerazzurri in the 72nd minute being cancelled out by Vidal’s strike moments later, which ensured that both sides maintained their unbeaten starts to the 2013/14 season.

“Today I scored another goal, but we equalised and I’m satisfied,” Vidal told Sky.

“Did the ball hit my hand? Yes, it did, otherwise it would have been a penalty.

“Now we are thinking about the Champions League, and a very important match [against Copenhagen].

“My goals? I always look at the ‘keeper first and then I hit the ball.”

The 26-year-old Chilean international was a reported target for Real Madrid and Manchester United over the summer, but he has no intention of leaving the Juventus Stadium any time soon.

“Regarding the renewal I can say that it will be confirmed shortly, we are close.”

The Bianconeri’s next Serie A fixture is on September 22 when they will play host to Hellas Verona.