'I can stay here for many years more' – Sneijder reveals 'special feelings' for Galatasaray

The 32-year-old is open to the possibility of finishing his career in Istanbul and praised the club’s supporters as instrumental in making him feel welcome

Wesley Sneijder has admitted he has developed a special affinity with Galatasaray and hopes to prolong his stay in the Turkish Super Lig.

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The Dutchman has plied his trade in Istanbul since joining from Inter in 2013, quickly establishing himself as a key player for record 20-time champions.

Sneijder has now made nearly 150 appearances in all competitions for Gala and won a remarkable eight trophies in the three seasons he has been there.

And the 32-year-old says the club has earned a special place in his heart, hailing the fans for making him feel at home.

“I have had a great time here so far and it’s been almost four years [since joining],” Sneijder told Galatasaray’s official TV channel. “It still feels like only a year, time goes by so quickly.

“I won a lot of trophies here. They will be a part in my museum after my career finishes.

“I have special feelings about Galatasaray and it is not because I am here at the moment. I also have special feelings for Inter because I won the Champions League there.

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“I can go back to Ajax because they raised me up as a football player but here [at Gala] it’s different because you really feel the connection with fans, with everybody.

“I am very happy, my family is happy. I can stay here for many years more.”

Sneijder has started in all five of Galatasaray’s league games this term, scoring three goals to help Jan Olde Riekerink’s men up to fourth in the table.

RUMOURS: Bacca & Mandzukic interest Paris Saint-Germain

The French champions want to bring in more support for Edinson Cavani and will look to Serie A for a solution when the transfer window opens in January

Paris Saint-Germain are set to delve into the transfer market in January to sign either Carlos Bacca of AC Milan or Mario Mandzukic of Juventus, according to L’Equipe.

Head coach Unai Emery wanted Bacca in the summer but did not have an available slot in his squad for a non-EU player – a problem that the surprise sale of David Luiz to Chelsea has solved. The Colombia striker is in great form at San Siro, though, and it may be difficult to prise him away.

As a result, the Ligue 1 champions are considering Mandzukic as an alternative. Increasingly struggling for game time since the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain in the summer and still goalless in seven appearances, he is seen as a potential capture in the French capital.


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RUMOURS: Arsenal eye Monaco starlet Mbappe

Arsene Wenger is said to be interested in bringing the talented young midfiedler to the Emirates Stadium but will face competition from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain

Arsenal are interested in signing Monaco winger Kylian Mbappe, according to Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato.

The north London club will face competition for the 17-year-old, who recently signed a three-year contract to keep him in France until June 2019, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain set to battle for his signature.

Mbappe made headlines in March when he broke Thierry Henry’s record to become Monaco’s youngest ever goalscorer during a 3-1 win over Troyes.

The France Under-19s international has started the 2016-17 campaign well and is looking to add to his 16 first-team appearances.


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Ibrahimovic turned down €100m from China – Raiola

The Swedish striker turned down the lucrative offer to instead seal a move to Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer, according to his agent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned down a staggering offer worth €100 million from an unnamed Chinese club in the summer, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

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The Swedish striker moved to Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired.

Ibrahimovic is reported to earn in excess of £200,000-per-week at Old Trafford, but Raiola claims he could have lined his pockets even further had he decided to move to the Far East.

Speaking to Il Giornale, he said: “Ibrahimovic is the best. He turned down €100m net from the Chinese! He doesn’t want more money, he wants to win.

“I’ve been lucky, I’ve always had champions. Zlatan, [Pavel] Nedved, Maxwell and now [Blaise] Matuidi and [Gigio] Donnarumma.

“He [Donnarumma] will become even better than [Gigi] Buffon, because whoever comes in the future is always better than the past.”

Raiola also claims that another of his clients, Mario Balotelli, must follow the example set by Ibrahimovic if he is ever to reach his full potential.

“Mario is a phenomenon, but he’s Balotelli,” Raiola joked.

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“He was lucky enough to be adopted by two great people, but in a tough town [Bagnolo Mella], let’s face it: a racist one.

“He suffered a lot when he was a child, and he’s always been that way in the head. If he had the mentality of Zlatan, with his talent he’d have won five Ballon d’Ors.”

Juventus ready to renew Dybala contract to keep suitors at bay

The Serie A champions have opened initial negotiations with the Argentina international’s entourage as they look to tie him down until 2021 with a boost in wages

Juventus are ready to renew Paulo Dybala’s contract in an attempt to prevent suitors from following up on their interest, according to reports.

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Dybala enjoyed a spectacular debut season with the Bianconeri last term, scoring 23 goals in 46 games in all competitions.

The 22-year-old’s exploits have led to him being linked with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United, and therefore Juve are hoping to tie him down to a new deal.

It is understood that Juve are willing to double Dybala’s annual salary from €2.2 million (£1.9 million) to €4.4 million (£3.9 million) and have opened initial negotiations with the forward’s team.

The Serie A champions are also hoping to come to an agreement with defender Leonardo Bonucci over fresh terms.

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Bonucci, 29, excelled at Euro 2016 with Italy and was subsequently linked with a summer switch to Manchester City, though it is believed he will sign an extension with Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

Juventus have made a strong start to the Serie A campaign, winning five of their opening six games in the Italian top flight.

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