Wesley Sneijder has responded to rumours that Louis van Gaal wanted to bring him to Manchester United by insisting he could not be tempted away from Galatasaray, not even by somebody he considers a ‘football genius’.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford from back in 2010 when he was one of the best midfielders in the world having completed a treble winning season with Inter Milan before winning a runners-up medal at the World Cup.
Nothing has ever materialised despite the incessant rumours and Sneijder has now commented on fresh reports he could be part of Van Gaal’s plans.
“It’s great to hear that van Gaal is interested in me, he is a footballing genius,” he said.
“However, I doubt Manchester United could tempt me to leave Galatasaray right now, I don’t see it happening.
“Everything is going well for me in Istanbul and I have settled into life in Turkey and feel at home.
“I don’t even know why we keep talking about this. Galatasaray will not be letting me go for a cheap price. It is very unlikely that any deal will happen.”
Given that Galatasaray’s president Unal Aysal revealed Sneijder had a £16m release clause, he wouldn’t be expensive in comparison to prices on the current market but for a 30-year-old who is already past his best, it’s a big price.
For United fans, the desire to sign Sneijder died out a long time ago and he is no longer the answer to any of our midfield problems. United don’t want to sign Sneijder just as much as he doesn’t want to leave Galatasaray.