Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder insists the door remains open for his proposed move to Manchester United, saying “there is always a chance something will happen”.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has identified Sneijder as the player he wants to replace the retired Paul Scholes and United has sounded him out over personal terms.
Ferguson was quoted on Sunday as saying: “If he [Sneijder] wants to come, he must accept our contract offer. If not, we have other options in mind. We’re done talking.”
The Scot has since denied making those remarks but Gian Piero Gasperini, the Inter manager, acknowledged that “there has been an offer [to Sneijder]”.
Sneijder is rated at £35m and his weekly wage stands at almost £250,000, making it difficult for any club in the world to afford him.
He played in his team’s 3-0 friendly defeat by Manchester City in Dublin and when he spoke afterwards he was relaxed about the eventualities.
“I have been at the highest level for 10 years and there are always speculations but look, I am still here,” Sneijder said.
“I am always happy. I am a happy guy. I am happy to train every day with my colleagues and play my games for the fans and everyone at the club. And whatever happens after that, we will see. There is always a chance something will happen but we will see.”