Sunday September 4 2011
Sneijder: 'I never wanted Man Utd'

Wesley Sneijder admits Inter pushed him towards Manchester United, “but I didn't want to leave. I'm happy here.”

The Dutchman had been very close to Old Trafford over the summer, while there was also interest from Manchester City and Chelsea.

“I never thought about leaving,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “When I was on vacation the club called my agent and said they needed money, so wanted to sell me.

“This is the only reason I spoke to Manchester United, which everyone knows I did. Then Samuel Eto'o was sold to Anzhi and nothing more came of it. I don't know of any interest from City.

“I'm happy that I got to stay, as I love the city of Milan, the people, Italian football and I know Inter are a strong side. I'd love to stay to the end of my contract in 2015, but it doesn't just depend on me.

“I was relaxed throughout the summer, because I knew what I wanted. Besides, I'm used to being on the market.”

Sneijder had particular praise for President Massimo Moratti throughout this experience, but also received advice from Jose Mourinho.

“I spoke to Moratti many times and he is an exceptional person. He understands so quickly what the players are going through. He's amazing.

“Mourinho advised me too and he has a Nerazzurri heart, so he told me to stay. He's a wonderful Coach and even after everything that happened with Barcelona, I continue to defend him.”

Real Madrid manager Mourinho was lambasted in the media after a touchline brawl marred a recent encounter with Barça.

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