Wesley Sneijder reveals reasons behind Manchester United snub
Former Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder has revealed why his switch to Manchester United fell apart in 2010. The Dutchman claims Inter Milan placed a massive price tag on him in order to prevent Manchester United from signing him in.
Wesley Sneijder, who to Galatasaray from Inter Milan during the January transfer window this year, claims Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson opened up negotiations for him soon after Jose Mourinho led the Nerazzurri to the 2009-10 treble.
The 28-year-old Netherlands international confirmed there was hostile behavior from Inter Milan whenever Manchester United attempted to sign him in.
“We had some talks with Alex Ferguson back in 2010. They (United) contacted the club (Inter) after our treble season but too much money was asked for. And I was also happy at Inter so I decided to stay,” Wesley Sneijder told Sky Sports.
“Manchester United are a fantastic club and they kept showing interest after that year but not as determined as before. I don't give much thought about proposed transfers. If I'm happy somewhere, I'm happy there.”
Before his time at Inter Milan, Wesley Sneijder was believed to be the midfield prodigy that would lead Real Madrid to its glory days. Instead, the Dutchman turned out to be quite a disappointment at the Spanish club.
Wesley Sneijder revealed he had the option to choose between Real Madrid and Barcelona when he decided to leave his boyhood club Ajax. The attacking midfielder informed Real Madrid was an immediate choice for him.
“Real Madrid were very persuasive about signing me. There were two possibilities in Spain for me: either Real Madrid or Barcelona. Barca are really a great club and they have won everything for the past six years but I always liked Real Madrid's white shirt. I was very excited when they offered me a deal and took it immediately. And for me, they have a greater history than Barcelona,” Wesley Sneijder added.
Wesley Sneijder believes his two-year stint with Real Madrid ended because the Spanish football giants were raising funds to sign in Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
“The second season at Real Madrid was really hard for me,” Wesley Sneijder told Goal.com. “The club were having some troubles financially and they wanted to cash in by selling some valuable players. They were looking to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United and Arjen Robben and I had to leave. It was not a big deal for me. Inter then showed an interest for me and, with Jose Mourinho, it wasn't really hard to decide.”