Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder has denied rumours that he will renew ties with Jose Mourinho and sign for Chelsea this summer.
The Galatasaray midfielder, who played under the Portuguese manager during his spell at Inter Milan, was expected to join Andre Schurrle as one of several recent Blues recruits following Mourinho's appointment a fortnight ago.
Sneijder revealed last month that he still maintains a good relationship with his former boss, three years on from their treble-winning performance in 2010. "I have a great relationship with Jose Mourinho," the €7.5 million man told reporters.
The Dutchman - a Real Madrid player before Mourinho's tenure at the Bernabeu, which ended by mutual agreement in May - also hinted that he would consider another move: "Does Chelsea need a playmaker? In football you can never be certain."
However, Sneijder was quoted by the Italian media as saying: "I have a good relationship with Jose Mourinho and I enjoyed working with him," the 29-year-old reiterated in an interview. "But I love Istanbul and I owe a lot to Galatasaray."
The winger's three goals in 12 appearances since January helped the Turkish club secure a record 19th Super Lig victory, following the lucrative purchases of Ivorian starls Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue in recent months.
Meanwhile, Chelsea may have to look elsewhere for attacking talent and have been linked with Hulk of Zenit St Petersburg, as well as Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
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