Wesley Sneijder would love the chance to revive his career at Manchester United but is unable to admit it, according to Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan.
The Dutch international has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks with Manchester United believed to be favourites for his signature.
David Moyes is looking to add creativity to the midfield at Old Trafford following a poor start to the season but has been knocked back by claims from Sneijder that he is happy at Galatasaray.
However, Van Der Kraan believes Sneijder would jump at the chance to join Manchester United but can't admit it because of the extreme nature of the Turkish fans.
Speaking to talkSPORT Van Der Kraan said: "He will deny it and he will keep denying it.
"We know that the player has to walk on egg shells in his bid to reach a new club because obviously, in a country like Turkey, playing for Galatasaray, the fans will put a piece of string around your neck and tie you if they find out you want to get out.
"But it is obviously that Wesley still has big ambitions. He is back to full fitness, he wants to reach the World Cup in great form and would like a bigger platform to play on.
Sneijder was linked with a move to Old Trafford in 2011 and reportedly turned them down, but Van Der Kraan says the 29-year-old has always had ambitions to play for a top club in the Premier League and now wants to move to England more than ever.
"He has always had ambitions to play for a club like Manchester United. Even if he says from Turkey that he doesn't want leave, we do know that if the chance comes to join Manchester United, we will see him after Christmas.
"Every body knows Turkey is not the biggest football league or where you want to be as a real football star.
"It's okay for someone like [Didier] Drogba, who has already had great seasons in the Premier League but if you've not played in the Premier League it's not where you want to be.
"He does think that it will give him a platform to revive his career like it was in 2010."