Sneijder moves to Galatasaray

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 15:28

Wesley Sneijder: Has signed for Galatasaray

Wesley Sneijder: Has signed for Galatasaray

Wesley Sneijder has completed his move to Galatasaray from Inter Milan.

The Holland international completed his medical with the Turkish giants earlier on Tuesday before signing his contract at a ceremony at the club's Turk Telekom Arena.

The 28-year-old, whose transfer fee from Inter is believed to be in the region of 10million euros (£8.4million), has penned a reported three-and-a-half-year deal with the Super Lig leaders.

Sneijder's move ends a three-and-a-half-year spell at Inter during which he won a famous Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble in 2010 under Jose Mourinho.

The playmaker, who joined Inter from Real Madrid for 15million euros (£12.6m) in 2009, had not featured for the Nerazzurri since a 2-0 victory at Chievo in September after publicly refusing to take a 2million euros (£1.7m) pay cut on a contract that ran until June 2015.

Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni maintained the playmaker's absence from the first team was solely a tactical decision, despite Inter's clear difficulty in keeping pace with league leaders Juventus through an injury crisis.

Sneijder said: "I would like to thank Galatasaray for the transfer.

"It is a great honour to be here. I saw thousands of fans waiting for me. It was incredible, the last two days I've had a very special feeling.

"This is a great stadium. I'm ready, I'm happy, I'm excited. And I want to get

started right away. I want to say again, I am very happy."

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