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Sneijder wants to stay at Inter - Gasperini

ESPN staff
July 11, 2011

Inter Milan manager Gian Piero Gasperini believes Wesley Sneijder wants to remain at the club rather than join Manchester United.

Sneijder has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, especially after United first team coach Rene Meulensteen called the 27-year-old the club's "ideal signing". Nevertheless, new Inter boss Gasperini has remained confident that the Dutch playmaker wants to stay at San Siro, despite missing out on the Serie A title last season.

With the squad back in pre-season training at the Italian club's training camp in Pinzolo, Gasperini believes Sneijder's attitude and approach to training over the past few days indicate he is not thinking about a move to the Premier League.

"Sneijder is a great player, a top player. His approach has been more than positive," Gasperini said. "He is here [at Pinzolo] and he wants to remain with us."

Gasperini also confirmed the club are close to the signing of Brazilian full-back Jonathan from Santos, stating: "His arrival is imminent."

United have been linked to several creative midfielders since the retirement of Paul Scholes, with Samir Nasri and Luka Modric also said to be on the Red Devils' agenda. However, Arsene Wenger claimed on Monday that Nasri will be staying at Arsenal.

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