Sneijder completes Galatasaray move
Soccer:Wesley Sneijder has completed his move to Galatasaray from Inter Milan. The Holland international completed his medical with the Turkish giants earlier today before signing his contract at a ceremony at the club’s Turk Telekom Arena this afternoon.
The 28-year-old, whose transfer fee from Inter is believed to be in the region of €10 million, has penned a reported three-and-a-half-year deal with the Super Lig leaders, which is expected to earn him around €130,000 per week after tax.
Sneijder’s move ends a three-and-a-half-year spell at Inter during which he won a famous Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble in 2010 under Jose Mourinho.
The playmaker, who joined Inter from Real Madrid for €15 million in 2009, had not featured for the Nerazzurri since a 2-0 victory at Chievo in September after publicly refusing to take a €2 million pay cut on a contract that ran until June 2015.
Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni maintained the playmaker’s absence from the first team was solely a tactical decision, despite Inter’s clear difficulty in keeping pace with league leaders Juventus through an injury crisis.
Sneijder has insisted the move wasn't about money and his decision was made in consultation with some big-hitter in the game.
"I've been very well briefed on all sides, very well briefed," he told De Telegraaf. "I called Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal because they have been key figures in my football career and I think their opinion is important. "They both said the same thing: 'Do!'
"They gave me the final push, knowing how Turkish football is on the rise."
Sneijder also admits one of the reasons behind his move to Gala was next year's World Cup in Brazil.
"This is all important in view of the World Cup," he added.