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Sneijder still believes United move could happen

ESPN staff
July 31, 2011

Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has refused to close the door on a summer move to Manchester United, despite recent claims from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that a deal was "dead".

Sneijder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for much of the summer, with the two clubs believed to have been in advanced negotiations for a number of weeks before relations cooled in recent times - with Sneijder's contract details believed to be a sticking point.

Nevertheless, despite United's assertion that the Dutchman would not be moving to the Premier League this summer, the 27-year-old seems to believe that a blockbuster move in the next month is still very much a possibility.

"What will happen? We will see," Sneijder said on Sunday, after Inter were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City in the final of the Dublin Super Cup. "There is always a chance that something will happen, but we will see.

"There is always speculation. I've said before, I've played for almost 10 years at the highest level and every year there is speculation."

Sneijder confirmed that he would be happy to remain with the Nerazzurri, but seemed to admit that there is still a possibility he will move on before the transfer window closed.

"As you can see, I'm still here," he added. "I'm always happy. I'm a happy guy. I'm just happy to train every day with my colleagues and to train every day and to play my game for the fans.

"I've played in many competitions. I started in Holland, then played in Spain and now the Italian league, and I'm still here. We will see what happens but I'm happy here."

However, Sneijder suddenly went coy when asked directly about Manchester United's interest - smiling knowingly before calling an end to the interview. On Saturday, Ferguson reiterated that the club are looking to improve their central midfield options - as he gave youngster Tom Cleverley a chance to impress in the friendly victory over Barcelona.

"It's an area we have to find a solution for," Ferguson noted. "That is why we played Tom Cleverley today. Physically he is not the strongest but he is wiry and has a great idea of the game.

"He is a good footballer and was our best player today. His discipline was terrific. He is a quick passer of the ball. He has good eyes. It was a big night for him. He is a big, strong possibility for us to start the season."

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