If you haven't been hearing much of Dutch sensation Wesley Sneijder of late, you would be forgiven for thinking the Inter Milan star is out injured.
If so, you would be surprised to hear that Sneijder isn't actually injured at all, nor does he have family issues to attend to...instead Sneijder is involved in a bitter dispute over wages with Inter Milan, a dispute that has not yet been settled.
According to Goal.com, Inter president Massimo Moratti is trying to prod Sneijder into signing on for another year with Andrea Stramaccioni's side. Despite this desire, the Nerazzurri aren't willing to offer the playmaker higher wages, and as such, he has refused to agree to a new deal.
As a result of the failed attempts at a contract renewal steps have been taken to ensure Sneijder does not play for Inter until they are resolved. Inter sporting director, Marco Branca, made it clear that World Cup runner-up will not feature for Inter until he agrees to Inter's proposed terms, saying:
"We need to modify his current contract. He and his entourage have to decide what they want to do about our proposal, Sneijder will not play until he makes a decision about his contract."
When confronted with Branca's comments, Moratti completely denied any allegations that Sneijder was being blackmailed by Inter. He told reporters "As far as the club is concerned, we are completely open to the player, there is no sort of blackmail."
The fact that Sneijder has not been in action for Inter since September would suggest that there is perhaps another story to this saga. A player of Wesley Sneijder's quality cannot simply be shunned of playing time for such an extended period of time.
It would appear that Inter haven't really missed the presence of Sneijder in the squad, especially after their 3-1 defeat of Juventus away from home. Regardless, dismissing Sneijder as merely a luxury would be naive by a club trying to re-establish itself in Europe. Let us not forget he was a part of Inter's treble winning squad in 2010 and could be instrumental in the coming years.
One could conclude that if something isn't sorted out soon, Sneijder may just be on the move this January—with a number of big clubs in the hunt for his signature.