Wesley Sneijder welcomes Manchester United speculation

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Galatasaray star Wesley Sneijder has admitted that hearing his name mentioned in connection with Manchester United and a reunion with a "footballing genius" in Louis van Gaal is flattering, but unless a space becomes available at Old Trafford in the next eight months he can't see a Premier League move coming to fruition.

Sneijder's switch from Inter Milan to Galatasaray last January was certainly a surprise given the Dutch playmaker's pedigree at the highest level, but it's been a lucrative and profitable switch for a player with a whopping 107 international caps.

United are plush with attacking midfielders right now and therefore a move for Sneijder looks unlikely, but that hasn't stopped one of Van Gaal's former trusted stars from waxing lyrical about his mentor.

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Van Gaal invited to try his luck

In an interview with Turkish sports newspaper AMK the 30-year-old insisted: "It is great to hear that Van Gaal is interested in me, he is a footballing genius.

"However, I doubt Manchester United could tempt me to leave Galatasaray right now, I don't see it happening."

AMK believe Sneijder came very close to joining United during the latter stages of a superb spell at Inter, one which saw him thrive under Jose Mourinho and help the Nerazzurri claim a historic treble.

Old Trafford move one that might have been

United passed though and Gala persuaded Sneijder to move to Istanbul on a £3.2m-a-year contract, one that doesn't expire until 2016.

When asked about United and why that move didn't materialise Sneijder was reluctant to elaborate, preferring to concentrate on the fight for the Turkish title and further Champions League progression with Gala.

"I don't even know why we keep talking about this," Sneijder replied.

"Everything is going well for me in Istanbul, I have settled into life in Turkey and feel at home.

"I am a Galatasaray player, we want to win the league title and Galatasaray will not be letting me go for a cheap price. It is very unlikely that any deal will happen."

On the surface there's simply no room for Sneijder at Old Trafford at this present moment, but a player who never seems to be far from the Premier League rumour mill could easily replace Juan Mata if Van Gaal has a change of heart in the January transfer window.

Despite Sneijder's insistence that his long-term future remains in Istanbul it's a very much a case of watch this space with the technically gifted midfielder, who could still definitely do a job for Van Gaal or Mourinho if his relationship with current Gala boss Cesare Prandelli deteriorates.

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