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Stalling Sneijder talks may attract United

Adam Digby
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Wesley Sneijder's agent has stated his client will not sign the contract extension currently on offer from Inter Milan, opening the door ever wider for a potential January switch to Manchester United.

Sneijder, 28, has found his game time at Inter limited this season, allegedly due to psychological reasons, and there has been speculation that the Netherlands international will need to agree a new deal on reduced terms if he is to return to the fold.

Although coach Andrea Stramaccioni insists his omission is "nothing to do with his contract," United's ears will have pricked up again and they may consider renewing their pursuit of the playmaker after coming close to signing him in August 2011.

Inter administrator Rinaldo Ghelfi and technical director Marco Branca met the player and his agent Soren Lerby at the club's Milan headquarters on Monday to try to resolve the issue, but Lerby told reporters after the meeting that "in these circumstances he will not sign", suggesting that the club offered him a pay-cut.

Upon leaving, Sneijder had few words, stopping only to tell reporters: "I don't really have the desire to speak. Something will be released later this afternoon. I've always been happy at Inter."

However, the former Real Madrid man's remark seemed at odds with a statement made shortly after by Branca, who said: "We're pleased because the meeting went well with Sneijder, especially for Inter. We will have to review with Wesley anyway. His statement? I don't know."

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