Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder insists: My heart is in Milan and I’m staying at Inter

July 8th, 2010

Wesley Sneijder insists he wants to stay at Inter Milan – despite Manchester United making a £29million move for the Holland ace.

Sir Alex Ferguson had identified the playmaker as the type of player to bring the extra bit of magic back to Old Trafford that has been missing since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Real Madrid 12 months ago.

However, the 26-year-old said: ‘I am staying. I will play for Inter Milan next season.

‘My heart is in Milan. With Inter, I won everything last season and there’s a lot more to win, like the European Super Cup, Italian Super Cup and the Club World Cup, which are all great trophies.’

The former Real Madrid man will head into talks after the World Cup to extend his contract at the San Siro — now worth £3.5m a year after tax — until 2015.

The comments will come as a boost to new Inter boss Rafa Benitez, who has big shoes to fill in replacing Jose Mourinho this summer.

Inter won Serie A, the Italian Cup and the Champions League last season before Mourinho left to take over at Real Madrid.

Inter president Massimo Moratti had confirmed United’s interest in Sneijder on Wednesday.

‘The interest from Manchester United in Sneijder is real, but I didn’t look into it in an attempt not to fall into temptation,’ said Moratti.

‘I’m following him at the World Cup and I think I’ll do the same also at Inter for the next years. I still haven’t received a good enough offer for even one player to leave. We will see.’

Inter are more receptive to offers for striker Mario Balotelli, who is interesting both United and Manchester City.

However, Moratti has slapped a £30m price tag on Balotelli’s head and Inter’s technical director Marco Branca said: ‘There is also interest from United and City in Balotelli, but it’s very early to say if there will be any business done.

‘He is an Inter player and we have to think about our future.’

Source: Daily Mail

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