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Ranieri 'calm' on Sneijder to Man Utd rumours

ESPN staff
February 13, 2012
Inter are struggling in Serie A, and currently lie 11 points behind league leaders AC Milan © Getty Images

Inter Milan boss Claudio Ranieri is unfazed by reports linking midfielder Wesley Sneijder with a move to either Manchester United or moneyed Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

Last week Sneijder caused a stir when he said: "If on the last day of the transfer window an offer had arrived, maybe I would have left. The truth is that I feel at home at Inter, but I do not know where I will be playing next season."

Sneijder is a reported target for Manchester United, who will again be confronted with the problem of how to replace Paul Scholes when the midfielder in all probability hangs up his boots at the end of the season.

And with Inter struggling in Serie A - they are currently fifth, 11 points behind leaders AC Milan - there is every chance Sneijder will want to represent a team with a greater chance of lifting silverware. However, Ranieri is remaining optimistic for the time being.

"Could he be on his way to Anzhi? As far as I'm concerned, and I hope the player too, no," Ranieri told Inter's official website. "I asked him: 'Do you feel you are important for this team? Because you are important for us,' and he replied 'Yes, I'm happy here'.

"He's a champion, he just has to find his rhythm again and we have to work out again how to keep him supplied with the ball, just as he has to work out how to feed our strikers. He has told me he is happy here at Inter, so I'm pretty calm."

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