Sneijder signs for Galatasaray for 7.5m euros
ROME: Inter Milan’s Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder signed for Turkish side Galatasaray on Sunday for a fee believed to be in the region of 7.5 million euros, the Istanbul side announced.
Playmaker Sneijder penned a three and a half year deal which will keep him at Galatasaray until 2016 as the drawn-out transfer saga was finally completed.
The Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the player would earn around five million euros a season.
Sneijder was a key figure in the treble winning season under Jose Mourinho in 2010 when they won the Italian title, the Italian Cup as well as their first Champions League trophy since 1965.
But he fell out with the club this season after Inter asked him to accept a reduction in salary and extend his contract by one year to 2016 without a change in total salary.
Sneijder’s Romanian teammate Cristian Chivu said he wanted to see the Dutchman succeed in Turkey.
“He’s my friend and team-mate, I wish him all the best in the world. I’ll speak to him on the phone,” he said.