Sneijder blocks out United talk

The Holland international is in Beijing with his club preparing for

this weekend’s Italian Super Cup against city rivals AC Milan. But

reports have suggested Sneijder has travelled to China with the

distraction of a contract offer from Sir Alex Ferguson’s United,

which would possibly involve a decreased salary. Inter have always

maintained they do not want to sell 27-year-old and, having

previously admitted anything can happen, the playmaker himself is

focusing on his football Sneijder is quoted as saying by Italian

media: “I’m a footballer, I have many objectives and I want to win

because I enjoy winning. Saturday is the first big challenge of the

season. “Playing the Super Cup in Beijing is cool and will be great

fun. It’s the derby, too, of course, so it will be a great match.

“I’m really pleased to be here. I like this country and the people.

Seeing all of this Nerazzurri passion will be a great motivator to

win for our Chinese fans. “I had never been here before and am

really enjoying it. I really hadn’t been expecting anything quite

like it. “I’ve seen so many supporters, it’s great fun and this is

a wonderful country, where football is a very popular sport.” There

has been rumours Sneijder has suffered a break down in his

relationship with Inter boss Gian Piero Gasperini after being asked

to play in a deeper position. The former Real Madrid player has

dismissed this, but has confessed his favourite manager is Jose

Mourinho, who led Inter to a famous Treble in 2009/10. He said:

“I’ve played for many coaches and each one has been different from

the others, but Jose Mourinho is still the one I liked best both as

a coach and as a man.”