Carlos Tevez

Former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has urged his Juventus teammate Arturo Vidal to stay with the Serie A giants – and snub a potential move to his former club.

The Argentinian striker left Old Trafford for rivals Manchester City in 2009 before joining Juve last summer.

Even though he enjoyed his time at Old Trafford, helping Sir Alex Ferguson's side win successive Premier League titles while scoring 34 goals in 99 appearances, Tevez has urged Vidal to shun the Premier League and continue playing for the Old Lady.

"Vidal is a phenomenon, a great champion. I hope he stays here with us, he must not go away from Juventus," Tevez told Marca.

The 27-year-old Chile International is said to be Louis Van Gaal's top target to partner new signing Ander Herrera in midfield, especially after the Dutch manager recently confirmed Michael Carrick will be out of action for around three months due to injury.

Nevertheless, speaking in a recent press conference, the United boss claimed he does not expect to make any new signings until he fully assesses his current squad during the pre-season tour in the United States.

"At this moment I cannot say anything about that. I want to learn about my players, to know them and when I give the orders, I want to see how they perform. That is why I cannot answer this question now. I want to give all the players a chance to show themselves under my guidance," he said.

Meanwhile, recent reports in Chile claimed Liverpool have joined the race to secure the Juventus star and, following Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona, they are even considering making a club-record transfer by launching a £42.5m move to outbid United for his signature.

Vidal himself recently claimed he is happy in Serie A but will not decide his future until his holidays end.

"I am already at a great team like Juventus. I am not thinking about where to go next. I just want to enjoy my holiday here in Chile with the people I love.We will see what happens when I get back to Italy. I will see," he said.