Wesley Sneijder Plays Down 'Annoying' Manchester United Transfer Reports

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 02:  Wesley Sneijder of Galatasaray AS during UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Galatasaray AS at Juventus Arena on October 2, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Transfer rumours and speculation can often come in a quantity that becomes annoying for fans, but Wesley Sneijder has revealed that the players can get frustrated with these stories, too.

Speaking to Dutch outlet NOS (h/t ESPN) in the wake of Galatasaray's 1-0 win over Juventus, a game in which the 29-year-old scored the winner, Sneijder commented on constant talk of a move to Manchester United, saying:

I know nothing. I know only as much as you do -- just the reports in the newspapers, which seem to come out every time the transfer window is about to reopen. 

It’s pretty annoying when you’re playing in Turkey. The people here are very emotional and passionate about it all.

I have no desire to have to justify myself to the people every time my name is in the media. I’m fine here and enjoying myself, and the fact that we progressed in the Champions League is great. I am happy here, but you never know for certain what will happen in football.

The veteran's comments come in response to fresh speculation courtesy of the Guardian's Jamie Jackson, who suggested earlier this week that David Moyes may look to pick up one of Sir Alex Ferguson's legacies and sign Sneijder this January.

For most fans of the Super Lig titleholders, minds will be set at ease as a result of Sneijder's candid words, but it's that last comment—"you never know"— which might leave a shred of doubt.

The Red Devils' association with Sneijder is a long one, with the Daily Mail's Martin Samuel first writing about Ferguson's alleged interest in the then-Inter playmaker as far back as 2010.

Jan Aage Fjortoft shared his thoughts on United's speculated interest in Sneijder:

At the time of his Serie A departure, Sneijder had fallen out of favour at the San Siro and ultimately moved to Istanbul on a cut-price deal, but one that's been of incredible worth to Gala.

With Fatih Terim leaving to take over the Turkish national team, Roberto Mancini stands as the manager now benefiting from the midfielder's talents. Sneijder scored six goals in his 13 starts this season, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.

The Holland international's winner against Juve will only have enamoured the player amongst Gala fans, putting the Turkish giants through to the Champions League round of 16 and ensuring their European run can continue.

Sneijder seems happy in his current climate and is enjoying a good standard of football, but that one statement from the Dutch dynamo stands as more pertinent than the rest: "You never know for certain what will happen in football."