Wesley Sneijder joined Galatasaray from Inter Milan last January. The Netherlands international guided the Italian club to an historic treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League in his debut season, but in the years thereafter, he failed to hit top form again.
In January 2013, following a reported dispute over a new contract, Sneijder left Inter for Galatasaray. The Dutchman’s arrival was met with a huge welcome by the Turkish club’s fans, but so far his tenure in Istanbul has not been exactly great.
The 2012-13 Super Lig title was clinched and the Turkish Cup came in 2014, but Sneijder struggled with his fitness last season, as Galatasaray finished nine points behind champions Fenerbahce in second place.
It now appears that Sneijder is not entirely happy in Turkey, as evident by the following statements he made about his teammates in an interview with World Soccer magazine.
‘It always is, because it is a higher level than at my club’, he said. ‘At Galatasaray, some players need three touches before delivering the ball.
‘At the national team, even the young guys use only one touch. That’s the Dutch masterclass, a matter of education’.
The attacking midfielder was responding to a question whether it is still a joy or not to play for the Netherlands. He could have said something different, but the words he chose make it clear that he feels that the players at Galatasaray are not at the same level as him.
Which opens up the possibility of him leaving the Turkish giants after the World Cup. Roberto Mancini has left his position as the club’s manager with mutual content amid suggestions that the club’s ambition has changed.
Sneijder has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but at 30, the chances of that happening appeared to have gone. After all, he is probably past his best, and at the moment, United need players who are in their prime or will reach their peak soon.
Last season, Sneijder scored 12 goals in 28 Super Lig matches and two in seven Champions League appearances. He still remains a creative player and perhaps if he stars for the Netherlands at the World Cup, he could just convince Van Gaal to give him the chance to play in the Premier League.
Whether that move, if it happens at all, is good for United or not is another matter altogether.