Oranje star very nearly signed for the Red Devils in the summer of 2011.
Galatasaray midfield player Wesley Sneijder has ruled out a move to Premier League champions Manchester United when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports on Goal.com.
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The mercurial Netherlands international has been heavily linked with the Red Devils in recent days, while the playmaker also almost joined the Premier League giants two years ago, only for the transfer to collapse over Sneijder’s wage demands.
However, with United currently struggling badly at present for inspiration and creativity in the centre of the park, it was widely assumed that new head coach David Moyes would re-ignite the club’s interest in Sneijder come the turn of the year, that is until the 29-year-old ruled out making such a switch.
“I know just as much as you. I don’t even read the newspapers, but I’ve heard about the reports. At the moment it isn’t an issue, but every time the transfer window is open, I get linked with all kind of clubs,” Sneijder told NOS in the immediate aftermath of Gala’s crucial 1-0 win over Serie A champions Juventus on Wednesday night that saw the Turkish giants qualify for the next phase of the Uefa Champions League at the expense of Juve.
“Sometimes it’s frustrating, because I have to clarify it with the fans. Here in Turkey, the supporters are very emotional. They have a lot of passion and I don’t want to explain things that I don’t know about.
“Again, I know just as much as you do. I feel very good at Gala, and I’m glad we’re through in the Champions League. You’ll never know, but at this point I’m happy here.”
So far in this campaign the Dutchman has managed to register an impressive six goals and one assist in total in his 15 matches in all competitions, including an equally eye-catching four strikes and one assist in his nine league outings for the Turkish champions.