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Wesley Sneijder says Inter Milan 'tried to destroy' him

The Galatasaray midfielder has spoken candidly of his final few months in Italy to the Dutch press.


When it became increasingly apparent that Inter Milan's finances were dwindling many of their big earners were swiftly moved on, whereas others were far harder to remove.

One such player was Dutch international Wesley Sneijder.

In January the Italian club were so desperate to force him out of the club that they slashed the asking price of the one-time best midfielder in the world to pittance for a player of his talents.

It sparked an apparent bidding war with everyone from Anzhi Makhachkala to Zenit St Petersburg interested in the player.

And in between the A to Z clubs were several Premier League outfits such as Liverpool and Spurs who were credited with an interest.

But in the end it was Galatasaray who swooped in to buy the player amid a furore back in Istanbul; which saw the 28-year-old greeted ‘Beatles’ style by thousands of passionate Gala fans when he arrived at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Now he appears to be extremely happy in his new destination where the magnificent Galatasaray fans have teally taken to him and fellow new superstar Didier Drogba. Winning the Turkish title and taking Real Madrid to the wire in the Champions League semi-final also helps keep a smile on his face.

Meanwhile his former team has toiled.

Inter Milan finished the Serie A season in ninth position; in the middle of a Catania-Parma sandwich in their worst position since a side containing Dennis Bergkamp finished 13th in 1994.

Crippled by debt and without the lure of European football the summer looks to be a long and arduous one for the Nerazzurri; despite hopes of a potential Indonesian buy-out to bring back the glory days.

One person who won’t be shedding any tears for the fallen giant however is Sneijder; as he confirmed in an interview with De Telegraaf.

He reiterated his bitterness, stating:

"They tried to destroy me. I'm sorry for the Inter fans and for the players, but not for some in hierarchy. To them, I do not mind that the team has finished ninth in the rankings without qualify for the Cup and the coach is gone."

Sneijder turns 29 in a few days and we only hope his next year is more prolific in Turkey; as he puts the tumultuous ending of his Italian tenure in the past.

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