'Untouchable' Wesley Sneijder going nowhere say Inter Milan
Wednesday 17 August 2011
Wesley Sneijder will remain at Inter Milan this summer according to president Massimo Moratti, who has described the Dutch playmaker as "untouchable".
Sneijder has been linked with a move to Manchester United and revealed at the weekend he could be sold for the right price after "unofficial talks" had begun.
Moratti has, however, denied those comments, saying there has never been any such negotiations and that Inter are not interested in selling one of their key men.
Moratti revealed his resolve to keep Sneijder has been strengthened further by the imminent departure of star striker Samuel Eto'o, who is set to join big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
"There has never been any kind of talks about Wes," Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"It doesn't matter whether Eto'o stays put or leaves the club.
"Sneijder was untouchable before the situation with Eto'o and he has become even more so now Eto'o could leave.
"Sneijder is going nowhere."
Moratti also confirmed speculation regarding the club's interest in Manchester City's wantaway striker Carlos Tevez, but believes any deal is unlikely as he instead looks at other options to fill Eto'o's departure.
"The names that have been mentioned are correct," he added.
"We have been following Tevez, (Ezequiel) Lavezzi and (Diego) Forlan. It will be difficult to sort an agreement for the City striker but the others we are considering.
Moratti all but confirmed Eto'o would be leaving the club in the next few days, with a number of reports suggesting he will undergo a medical at Anzhi tomorrow.
"I will really miss him if everything goes ahead," Moratti added.
"Not just as a player, but also as a human being. He's a great guy and a superb player.
"He has always been an example to follow and is a real professional.
"When we get offers like this it is hard to ignore them. The financial fair play is a serious matter and we needed to consider it."
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