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Wesley Sneijder happy to stay at Galatasaray

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Wesley Sneijder has gone a long way to ruling out a move to Manchester United or Chelsea after insisting he was happy to stay at Galatasaray.

The Dutch international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge ever since making the shock switch to the Turkish giants last year. Both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal are thought to be big admirers of the 30-year-old.

However, Sneijder has moved to deny reports that he could be on his way to the Premier League in the near future. While the level of football may not be as good in Turkey, Sneijder insists he is still happy to stay with the Turkish champions.

"There is no reason to worry. If I had problems with the club, I would discuss it internally, not through the media."

Move ruled out

He is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "There is no reason to worry. If I had problems with the club, I would discuss it internally, not through the media.

"I have already said that I am happy here and I do not want to go, despite what the media say."

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Indirect bid

Van Gaal knows Sneijder from his time in charge of the Netherlands, but Manchester United's interest goes back further than the Dutch manager's tenure. The Red Devils made an indirect bid for the player in the summer of 2013, which was, obviously, rejected by his club.

That was under the guardianship of David Moyes, who was struggling to bring world-class players to Old Trafford. He eventually bagged Juan Mata six months later in a club record deal from Chelsea.

Mourinho respect

His links with Chelsea have been borne from the player himself, who has declared his desire to work with Jose Mourinho again on more than once occasion. Sneijder enjoyed his best football under the Special One while at Inter Milan.

In September, the playmaker was quoted as saying about the Blues boss: "He's the number one. There is none like him."

But for now it seems that Sneijder is happy to remain in Turkey. However, it should be remembered that few players would publicly admit their desire to quit a club with such an excitable fan base. 

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