Thursday November 29 2012
No Sneijder blackmail, say Inter

Inter President Massimo Moratti has defended his club from accusations that they are blackmailing Wesley Sneijder.

The Nerazzurri seemed to tell the Dutchman that he wouldn’t play again this season until he agrees to lower his salary.

That request was criticised by players’ union FIFPro on Wednesday.

“As far as the club is concerned, we are completely open to the player, there is no sort of blackmail,” Moratti noted.

“If a contract is valid, it's certainly valid to ask a person if it can be improved in some way. That doesn't change the fact that for the time being he's not playing for technical reasons.

“Obviously no one would want to throw away someone of his value. The club is calm, we haven't forced anyone to do anything. His contract is valid, no one is forcing him, Sneijder is free.”

When asked if the former Real Madrid man would thus soon return to action, Moratti insisted that was a question for Andrea Stramaccioni.

“That's entirely down to the Coach,” the oil baron noted. “And whether he thinks he’s physically and psychologically up to playing.”