Wesley Sneijder: Galatasaray Switch Is Perfect Move for Holland Star

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 23, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wesley Sneijder of FC Inter Milan appears dejected during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and AC Siena at San Siro Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Wesley Sneijder has ended the controversy and speculation about his playing future after agreeing to move from Inter Milan to Turkish giants Galatasaray.

The Dutch international had been linked to a number of Premier League clubs prior to the deal being made, but in the end, Sneijder opted to make the move to the Turkish champions—which is ultimately the perfect club for him .

After being frozen out by Inter Milan because he refused to take a pay cut (per BBC Sport), Sneijder came to the transfer window desperate for a move, but also desperate to be paid an incredible amount of money per week by his prospective club.

In asking to leave the Italian giants, Sneijder had made it clear that whoever his new employers were, they'd need to pay him exactly what he was asking for.

After all, if he wanted less money, he could have just stayed at Inter Milan.

But by opting to throw himself out there into the transfer wilderness, Sneijder showed that the money was the most important thing to him and that he would not accept less.

Clubs in the English Premier League knew that nobody in the English league was going to meet his high wage demands—they simply don't pay that much for controversial midfielders like Sneijder—so a transfer overseas was going to be necessary.

The fact that he chose Galatasaray, in the end, was perfect.

First all, Sneijder is now in Turkey, and we don't have to hear about him every week. That might sound selfish or harsh, but having his name circulated in every transfer window since the dawn of time was starting to get a little bit annoying and just a little bit of an overkill by the tabloid media.

Now, in Turkey, Sneijder can get back to doing what he does best—playing football—and we can get back to not reading about him.

Perhaps on a more serious level, the move to the Turkish champions isn't actually a bad move at all for his playing future either, with the Dutch international joining some very strong players at the club.

Felipe Melo, Emmanuel Eboue, Johan Elmander—all of them currently play for Galatasaray and are in excellent form both in Turkey and in Europe. Sneijder is a great fit into their midfield and will be given great opportunities to thrive in their attack—something he is more than capable of doing.

He can be the star in Galatasary, and in the Turkish League as a whole, where he would have otherwise been "just another player" in England.

The reception that Sneijder got when first touching down in Turkey is further proof as to why he is perfect at Galatasaray—they can treat him like the celebrity that he wants to be, but never would be in the Premier League or at Inter Milan.

And at the end of the day, he gets to play in the Champions League, which was perhaps his greatest desire of them all.

Had he moved to Liverpool, Arsenal or even remained at Inter Milan, he most likely would not have achance to play in Europe's top league next season.

At Galatasaray, he does. 

Sneijder will play for the Turkish club when they take on German side Schalke in the Round of 16, and if they continue to make their impressive run on the domestic front, he will likely be back in the group stages of the competition next year.

Galatasaray are currently leading the Super Lig; Liverpool and Arsenal are struggling to even finish inside the top four in the Premier League.

Sneijder can become the celebrity, the star, the go-to guy that he desperately wants to be at this stage in his career, all because he chose Galatasaray.

The Turkish club can offer him stardom and endless fans, the wages he desperately desires and the Champions League action he constantly craves.

Few other clubs in the world could have offered him that, and even if they could, they definitely weren't going to do so over the winter transfer window.

Galatasaray really was the perfect move for the Holland star.


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