Wesley Sneijder to stay with Galatasaray - agent

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The agent of Wesley Sneijder claims the Netherlands international has no intention of leaving Galatasaray, while the club also do not wish to sell, amid links to Juventus and, as ever, Manchester United.

There has been much speculation that Sneijder could depart Istanbul before the close of the winter transfer window, with it having been confirmed that there had been contact made by Juventus in their bid to make reinforcements.

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But, it would appear, that Sneijder will not be leaving Turkey for Turin - or for Manchester United, for that matter - after Guido Albers, the player’s representative, poured cold water on the prospect of a departure.

"The board said that they will only accept the buy-out clause which is €20 million, and Juventus won't pay it," Albers told NTV Spor.

"And I don't think any club in the world would pay this money.

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"We had a meeting with Galatasaray's board today. We talked about Juventus' offer.

"They said they don't want to sell Sneijder. Sneijder has 18 months left on his contract with Galatasaray and he is happy in Istanbul.

"He definitely wants to stay at Galatasaray. I hope they will be champions this season."

Sneijder has been perennially linked to Manchester United ever since Sir Alex Ferguson first went about recruiting a replacement for Paul Scholes, and it had appeared the Dutchman would move to Old Trafford in 2011.

But, alas, this did not transpire and Manchester United have remained in the hunt for a creative midfield force of repute ever since, and it is likely to be something Louis van Gaal looks to address in the summer.

The club did recruit Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao shortly after Van Gaal had taken over, but the smart money would suggest he will look to add a truly world class player to his midfield ranks at the end of the season.

Van Gaal’s supposed first-choice would be Kevin Strootman of Roma, who became a key part of the Netherlands side managed by the former, before a devastating knee injury ended his World Cup ambitions.

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