£40m-Rated Playmaker Rejects Manchester United Move

Old Trafford target wants to stay in Italy.

Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder will ignore any £40million move to Manchester United.

The 27-year-old has been widely tipped as the man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to replace Paul Scholes.

Sneijder was bought by Inter Milan in 2009 for £13.2million but Ferguson was prepared to break his club’s transfer record to get the Dutch international.

He has a contract with Inter until 2015 and Sneijder sees no reason why he will not fulfil his commitment.

“I would like to remain,” Sneijder said in an interview in July’s Italian issue of Vanity Fair magazine.”I have marvellous team-mates.

“(Inter captain Javier) Zanetti has an extraordinary character, he has kept us together even at times when the morale was low.

“My wife Yolanthe and I love Inter, the Italian fans and Italy.

“Of course, if the club decided to sell me, I will go wherever they tell me to go. But I would be disappointed.

“We have felt so good here that I would miss the city of Milan and Inter.

“But football is like that. When I was sold from Real Madrid to Inter, I would have preferred to have remained in Spain.

“Whatever will be, will be.”

Manager Gian Piero Gasperini also believes he will stay at the San Siro giants for the foreseeable future

“Sneijder is a great player, a top player,” Gasperini said from Inter’s training camp in Pinzolo in the Val Rendena valley. “His approach has been more than positive.

“He is here (at Pinzolo) and he wants to remain with us.”

Ferguson will now focus on other potential signings with Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and Luka Modric from Tottenham top of the list.

Udinese star Alexis Sanchez and Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore have also been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

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