The future of Wesley Sneijder was a hot topic throughout the January transfer window, but his next destination has finally been confirmed.
Sneijder, 28, is now a Galatasaray player having completed a move rumoured to have cost the Turkish giants around €10 million. But the Dutch playmaker has had quite a journey in his playing career, taking him to countries all across Europe.
Sneijder began his career in Ajax and played in Amsterdam for five years. He won numerous honours and was considered to be one of Europe's finest talents. So good that he made his Netherlands debut at the tender age of just 18. Starting in 2002 and finishing in 2007 he was then bought by Real Madrid for around £18 million.
After his move to Los Blancos, he didn't stay very long but won the league in his first season with Real Madrid. After joining in 2007 he was then sold to Inter Milan in 2009.
Wesley Sneijder was part of Jose Mourinho's treble winning side in 2010 and was named as the best midfielder of the 2010 Champions League. In 2011, a move to Manchester United seemed imminent, but a switch to Old Trafford never materialised, some say due to the hefty asking price and Sneijder's wage demands, reportedly in excess of £200,000 per week. On January 20, Sneijder was sold to Galatasaray after falling out of favour at the San Siro.
For a reasonable €10 million, the Turkish outfit have snapped up one of Europe's top playmakers at a good price. For a midfielder of Sneijder's calibre and considering he's only 28, it seems strange that other clubs did not go for him. Perhaps they were put off by his wage demands, although that is nothing more than wild speculation.
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