Sneijder plays down Manchester United transfer talk

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Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has played down suggestions he's set to complete a January move to Manchester United, labelling the transfer rumours as 'mere speculation', according to

The Dutch playmaker was speaking to reporters after scoring the winning goal in his side's 1-0 win over Juventus at the Turk Telekom Arena on Wednesday, that secured the Turkish giants' place in the Champions League last-16.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Sneijder to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens, as he looks to add a creative midfielder to his ranks at the turn of the year.

However, the Holland international has distanced himself from the latest tittle-tattle, saying that it is par for the course at this time of year.

"I know just as much as you," said the 29-year-old. "I don't even read the newspapers, but I've heard about the reports.

"At the moment it isn't an item, but every time the transfer window is open, I get linked with all kind of clubs."

Sneijder insists he is happy in Turkey playing under the stewardship of Roberto Mancini, and was keen not to be drawn on the Manchester United transfer story, that he reiterated he has little knowledge about.

"Sometimes it's frustrating, because I have to clarify it with the fans [and] here in Turkey, the supporters are very emotional," he explained.

"They have a lot of passion and I don't want to explain things that I don't know about.

"Again, I know just as much as you do. I feel very good at Gala, and I'm glad we're through in the Champions League. You'll never know, but at this point I'm happy here."

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