Wednesday December 5 2012
Stramaccioni: Sneijder? I decide

Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni has again insisted that he is the only man who decides whether Wesley Sneijder plays or not.

The Dutchman has been frozen out of the side in recent weeks at a time when he’s reacted negatively to a request to reduce his €6m salary.

But the former youth team boss is adamant that the decision to drop the attacking midfielder is not one made by the club hierarchy.

“I think I’ve already spoken too much about the argument,” the tactician said ahead of Thursday’s Europa League game against Neftci PFK.

“All of the decisions made about all of my players are made exclusively down to my evaluations.

“If the Dutchman plays or if he is named in the squad then it will be because of my decisions and nobody else’s. I’ll take the responsibility.

“He’s training with his teammates, he’s doing well and I hope to not have to answer any more questions on the subject.”

Stramaccioni has yet to name his squad for the game, but, according to reports on Wednesday, the former Real Madrid man could again be ignored.

Sneijder won’t be the only high profile player missing as the Coach confirmed that he’ll rest a host of first team stars tomorrow ahead of the Napoli game.

“This is not a time of the season when I can use all of my first team players because of our physical condition. We have to get to Sunday with the most energy possible.

“Having already qualified for the next round, this gives me the chance to field a lot of the Primavera players.

“Injuries? The situation isn’t good, but it is improving. Ricky Alvarez is back in training after his knee problem and he could be ready for Napoli.

“Cristian Chivu and Dejan Stankovic, meanwhile, are making big steps forward and I hope to have them for the Coppa Italia tie.”