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Wesley Sneijder "really happy" at Galatasaray

Sneijder happy with life in Turkey. (©GettyImages)
Sneijder happy with life in Turkey. (©GettyImages).

After moving to Inter Milan in the January transfer window, Wesley Sneijder has taken time to adapt to life in Turkey with Galatasaray, but he insists he is happy.

Despite struggling to live up to the soaring expectations, the Dutch international has hit great form in recent weeks and is finally finding his feet with the Turkish giants.

The 28-year-old played a significant role in taking his side to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, before being knocked out by former club Real Madrid.

Sneijder, who played under Jose Mourinho during his time at the Bernabeu, scored at the Turk Telekom Arena against the Los Blancos in the second leg, where they won 3-2, slipping to a 5-3 defeat on aggregate.

Speaking to Dutch newspaper Algameen Dagblad, Sneijder said: "Expectations were really high in the beginning. Not just at the club, but from my side, too. It was rather difficult.

"Everything was new and I was not used to the system we played."

The one-time Champions League winner had been substituted at half-time on several occasions by his new manager, which caused growing criticism from the national press.

But Sneijder has moved on and is content with his new life in Turkey.

"I'm feeling really at home now, though, and I am happy here," he added.

After scoring some important goals for Cimbom of late, the star signing has been given a new nickname, Wesley 'Sniper'. The Dutchman has registered four goals in all competitions for the Istanbul side, and whilst his record is by no means prolific, it's clear he's improving with every game.

With five matches remaining in the league, the Lions sit four points clear of local rivals Fenerbahçe, whom they will meet in a decisive match on May 12 - a match where Sneijder will face Oranje teammate Dirk Kuyt.

The former Ajax man stated: "There are three important games before that derby. We will go for the title. And we'll try even harder to win every game for our suspended coach Fatih Terim."

Galatasaray's manager received a nine-game suspension from the TFF for improper conduct towards the referee during a match against Mersin Idmanyurdu.

 

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