Wesley Sneijder Discusses January Transfer to Chelsea or Manchester United

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2013

ISTANBUL, TURKEY- OCTOBER 15: Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands looks on during FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)
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Wesley Sneijder insists he will not be leaving Galatasaray to join Chelsea or Manchester United this summer, despite reports linking him to the Premier League.

Galatasaray reportedly face debts of $57 million, per Bloomberg, so Sneijder’s name was linked with a sale in order to boost the Turkish club’s books.

However, the Netherlands international told Lig Tv he has no plans to leave in quotes reported by Nick Lustig of the Daily Star:

Everywhere Jose Mourinho goes they make some rumours about me following.

Whatever club I'm at I will give 100 percent, I love this club and I am not even thinking to leave.

It's just rumours and you will see come January I will be linked with Chelsea again but I am staying here.

Every transfer market I am apparently moving to one club or another but these are just rumours, I am happy and I like life here.

Sneijder became strongly linked to Chelsea in particular when Dutch boss Louis van Gaal recently claimed the Blues were interested in the playmaker’s services.

Van Gaal was quoted in a previous Lustig article saying:

I know Chelsea and Jose Mourinho want Sneijder. In my opinion, if possible Sneijder should leave Galatasaray and join Chelsea. 

Playing under Mourinho again would improve his performances and help him regain his form for the national team.

Mourinho and Sneijder combined superbly at Inter Milan, winning a glorious treble together as the Chelsea boss built his side around the inventive midfielder’s vision.

However, the modern-day 29-year-old version of Sneijder appears to be a shadow of his former self, amassing only 12 appearances for Inter and Galatasaray combined last season, per ESPNFC.

This term he has made three appearances for the Turkish outfit and is yet to register a goal or assist at club level.

Sneijder remains a key figure on the international scene, making four starts for Netherlands in the 2013/14 campaign, so there is plenty of encouragement for a top club to revive the player’s career for a reasonable price.

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A reunion with Mourinho is the obvious fit, although quite where Sneijder would find a starting spot when faced with competition from Oscar, Juan Mata, Willian and several others is a difficult conundrum to answer.

David Moyes certainly has more need for a playmaker at United, who have netted only four goals in as many home league outings this season.

Shinji Kagawa is failing to make an impact at Old Trafford, while little creativity has been provided by the addition of Marouane Fellaini. United are currently overly reliant on Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

However, Sneijder appears adamant he has settled at Galatasaray.

Unless the club begins to force his transfer to balance the books it seems he will remain in Turkey this summer, although he will require regular first-team football in a World Cup year.