Sneijder: Galatasary decision will be difficult

Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder has admitted that the decision over whether to join Galatasaray in January will be a difficult one.

The Turkish champions’ sporting director Abdurrahim Albayrak claimed on Friday that an announcement was imminent, but, the Dutchman has revealed that he is still mulling over his future.

“It is a difficult decision to make,” he told Sky Sport 24.

“There are still two weeks until the end of the window and I still have time. See, I’m fine and I’m calm. I do not need to decide on Monday.”

Earlier on Saturday, the Istanbul giants had issued a statement to deny widespread Turkish reports that the former Real Madrid star had agreed to move to the Turk Telekom Arena.

“The transfer of Wesley Sneijder has been agreed between Inter and the club and negotiations are ongoing with the player,” a statement on the club’s official website read.

“This has been brought to the attention to the public.”

Sneijder was frozen out at the Giuseppe Meazza side over a contract dispute, and has not played since September.

The midfielder’s agent said on Friday that Sneijder will consider incoming offers in the next few weeks before making a final decision on his future.

Kigili: Galatasaray cannot afford 'astronomical' Sneijder costs

Wesley Sneijder’s move to Galatasaray is not financially viable, according to the vice-president of their arch-rivals, Abdullah Kigili.

Fatih Terim’s side have emerged as front-runners to acquire the sought-after Inter playmaker, but the Fenerbahce vice-president is not convinced the transfer will go through.

“If what I’m reading about is correct, the cost of Sneijder is both astronomical and absurd,” he told Vatan. “Where will Galatasaray get this money?

“We have analysed the club’s accounts, and are aware that Uefa are monitoring them as well. Who will give us such money, to the point we can spend so much on a single player?

“Each transfer has to be well thought out. However, the amounts I’m hearing are simply blown out of all proportion.”

Reports have suggested the Istanbul outfit have met the Nerazzurri’s valuation of €10 million for the 28-year-old, although the annual wages demanded by the player are believed to be in excess of €5m.

When quizzed on the topic,  president Massimo Moratti simply told reporters: “I’m tired of this saga.

“I don’t know how this story will end. Wesley will decide freely. He has the opportunity to move and we’ll see if he takes it, otherwise he’ll stay here.

Galatasaray stunned by 'astronomical' Sneijder costs

Wesley Sneijder’s move to Galatasaray looks to be in doubt after Abdullah Kigili labelled the costs to sign the player “astronomical”.

Fatih Terim’s side have emerged as front-runners to acquire the sought-after Inter playmaker, but the club’s vice-president is not convinced the transfer is financially viable.

“If what I’m reading about is correct, the cost of Sneijder is both astronomical and absurd,” he told Vatan. “Where will Galatasaray get this money?

“We have analysed the club’s accounts, and are aware that Uefa are monitoring them as well. Who will give us such money, to the point we can spend so much on a single player?

“Each transfer has to be well thought out. However, the amounts I’m hearing are simply blown out of all proportion.”

Reports have suggested the Istanbul outfit have met the Nerazzurri’s valuation of €10 million for the 28-year-old, although the annual wages demanded by the player are believed to be in excess of €5m.

When quizzed on the topic,  president Massimo Moratti simply told reporters: “I’m tired of this saga.

“I don’t know how this story will end. Wesley will decide freely. He has the opportunity to move and we’ll see if he takes it, otherwise he’ll stay here.

QPR target Peter Odemwingie is 'not for sale' insists West Brom boss Clarke

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has issued a hands off warning to QPR after Harry Redknapp admitted they made an enquiry for Peter Odemwingie.

Reports have emerged that the west London club, who remain bottom of the Premier League despite drawing with Tottenham, have had a bid rejected for the Nigerian forward.

The 49-year-old did not comment on whether there had been a formal bid by the Rs but affirmed the Midlands club’s position on their striker, insisting: “[Odemwingie] is not for sale.”

The Scot was speaking after his side’s 3-2 loss to Reading on Sunday, where they led 2-0 with just eight minutes remaining, before conceding three late goals to leave them with nothing.

Clarke admitted that the finale was unbelievable and rued his team’s missed chances, notably from Romelu Lukaku who hit the woodwork twice before the their late capitulation.

“You never think the points are in the bag in the Premier League,” he told reporters. “I thought we had good control of the game though.

“I certainly couldn’t see the finish to the game that actually happened. I’m not sure [what went wrong].  

“We could have been out of sight but we lost the goal on 81 minutes and for some reason we lost our shape and composure and conceded the two late goals that cost us the game.

“Sometimes football’s a strange game and today was one of those days. I’m disappointed more than angry.”

The Baggies seemed in control before the flurry of late action, with the hosts unable to create much of note, making Reading’s winner even harder to take.

However Clarke assured fans that his players will find no trouble in bouncing back, indicating they will not dwell on the defeat.

When asked if it will be hard to lift the players, he replied: “No they are professionals.

“We’ve got a big game on Tuesday night (FA Cup third-round replay with QPR). We want to progress in the FA Cup and stay in as long as possible.”

He also revealed that Shane Long, who missed the clash against his former club with a dead leg, is again “doubtful” for the replay with the Rs.

Reading manager Brian McDermott was naturally pleased with the outcome of the clash at the Madejski, praising his side’s “resilience and desire” for the win that keeps them off the bottom of the table.
 
“You don’t normally win games when you’re two goals down with eight minutes to go,” he said.

“They didn’t get the third goal [and] once we scored, the crowd really got into the game and we had a chance. You have to stay in the game at this level.

“What we’ve got is great resilience and desire.”

The win keeps the Royals in 19th place in the league table, with 16 points and 16 game remaining, but moves them to within three points of safety. The 51-year-old indicated, though, that he is not aiming for any specific final tally.

“I have no points tally in mind, no long term targets,” he added. “My only target is to try and win the next game.”

Sahin pleased with experience of playing with Gerrard at Liverpool

On-loan Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin says that he has no regrets about his short spell at Liverpool.


The 24-year old joined the Merseyside outfit in the summer transfer window on loan from Real Madrid but failed to make a significant impact at the club, making just 12 appearances under Brendan Rodgers.

Sahin, however, claims that his time in the Premier League was worthwhile due to the experience he gained from playing alongside Steven Gerrard. He believes the England international has helped him improve his all-round midfield game.

“I have matured as a player after playing alongside the best players in my position,” Sahin told the club’s official website.

“Xabi Alonso when I was at Real Madrid, but especially Steven Gerrard at Liverpool – even though I didn’t get to play a lot with him.”

Sahin is on his second spell at the German club after coming through the youth team before departing to Spain in 2011.

He was a crucial member of the side which dethroned Bayern Munich to win Dortmund’s first Bundesliga title in almost a decade, becoming the Bundesliga’s Player of the Season in 2010/2011.

The loan deal will see the Sahin, still a Real Madrid player, stay with Jurgen Klopp’s side until the end of the season.