Wesley Sneijder has snubbed a move from treble winning European Champions Inter Milan to Manchester United after the English club reportedly submitted a £29million bid for the Dutchman only a couple of days ago.
The Dutch play maker has produced some fine displays throughout this year’s World Cup, receiving plaudits from pundits and former players, and four man-of-the-match awards during the Oranje’s march to the final against Spain.
Following on from his incandescent performances with Inter this season, echoing his vibrant displays for the Dutch in Euro 2008, Sneijder has proved his talent to be one of the brightest in the world.
Throughout the season he has demonstrated quick thinking and quick feet, an inherent ability to dictate the play at his chosen tempo, and the ambidextrous orchestrator has also eloquently emphasized his talent at long range shooting on numerous occasions.
The 26-year-old, born in Utrecht, began his career at Ajax as a graduate of the Dutch side’s famed youth academy. The midfielder went onto play over 100 games at the Amsterdam ArenA where his performances caught the eye of several of Europe’s biggest clubs.
His obvious talent was acquired by Real Madrid in 2007 when the Spanish side brought him to the Bernabeu. The deal, worth around £20million, made Sneijder the second most expensive Dutch footballer ever, just behind Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s transfer to Manchester United.
After a progressive season at Madrid, in which the midfielder struck nine times aiding Real’s campaign to retain the Spanish league title, Sneijder suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the buildup to Madrid’s 2008-09 campaign that ruled him out for three-months. Despite earning Madrid’s number 10 shirt that season, Sneijder found it difficult to regain his form and his place in the team. He was subsequently sold to Inter Milan in 2009 for the miniscule fee of £12.5million.
Massimo Moratti may have pulled off the transfer of the century.
In his first season at the Nerazzuri, Sneijder’s phenomenal work-rate and exceptional ability helped Inter to a remarkable treble.
It’s needless to say that the Inter star doesn’t have any reason to leave the club that showed faith in him during a troubled spell in his career.
At £12.5million, Manchester United could have easily snapped up the player only a year ago when he parted ways with the Bernabeu, but they were unwilling to take the risk that Moratti and Jose Mourinho colluded into. Unfortunately for the Premier League, Sneijder will therefore stay at the San Siro for the foreseeable future, whatever the forthcoming offer from Manchester may be.
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