Wesley Sneijder has admitted he would like to move into coaching in the future, singling out his former manager Jose Mourinho for special praise.
The Chelsea boss worked with Sneijder during his time at Inter Milan, and in an interview published by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad the play-maker hailed the man that helped him win an Italian treble.
“He was a very good coach,” Sneijder said of the Portuguese.
“I would like to be a coach just as he is; in my own way. I’ve worked with a lot of good coaches, so I would be stupid if I did not pick anything up.”
For now Sneijder only has one thing to focus on, and that is helping his Holland team go one better than last time in the World Cup.
Louis van Gaal’s side kick off their campaign with a mouth-watering tie against Spain later this week, and 30-year-old Sneijder will know this could be his last chance to taste World Cup glory.
With a contract at Galatasaray until the summer of 2016 he will be focusing on playing for a little while yet. But it seems his time under Mourinho has influenced his thoughts regarding the next stage of his career, and the now-Chelsea boss could soon have one of his first managerial disciples.
It will be interesting to see how much of Mourinho’s style Sneijder adopts, and if he can get anywhere near the Blues manager’s string of achievements.