San Siro hero claims move to Old Trafford was not about the money.
Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder did not move to Manchester United because of his wage demands.
The 27-year-old claims the Serie A giants had to sell either him or team-mate Samuel Eto’o with the latter getting the axe.
The Holland international was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer but a deal could not be reached.
Inter sold Cameroon striker Eto’o to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, leaving Sneijder to remain at the San Siro club.
Sneijder, who has won the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia in his first two years at the club, admits he would have been tempted to join United.
“I had felt that a move was close, yes,” Sneijder told Dutch newspaper AD . “There were talks on several occasions.
“The situation was that Inter had to sell a player – (Samuel) Eto’o or me. There was interest, but due to a combination of things, it didn’t happen.
“They are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it wasn’t a bad option,” he added.
“But at the same time I didn’t want to leave Inter. I’m in Italy and it’s been great for me.
“I’m not saying I wouldn’t have felt the same (at United), but for me it wasn’t a situation where I felt I had to move, and there were a few factors that meant it didn’t happen.
“For me it wasn’t so much a financial issue. Things are very good at Inter.
“I love the club and also the Italian people and the Italian culture. It suits me.”