The Italian club Inter Milan recently sold the star midfielder Wesley Sneijder after the Dutchman failed to agree new terms with the club. The 28-year-old was an instrumental part of the 2010 success for the club, but he has not been given the great departure everyone would have been hoping. Sneijder has now completed a move to the Turkish club Galatasaray. He was on a contract worth around € 6 million per season, and it is understood that Inter Milan wanted him to agree a contract for around € 4 million per season. Due to his refusal to sign this new contract, the club decided to remove him from first-team action immediately.

Left with no other option, it is thought that Inter Milan accepted a fee of around £ 8 million for the midfielder. The defender Cristian Chivu has said that he will not criticise the midfielder for not accepting a lower pay scale. Yet, the Romanian has said that it is undoubtedly a sensitive issue. He has said that it is extremely hard for some players to switch from a contract earning a higher amount of money to one that offers them a lower level of pay. The Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni, meanwhile, praised the former midfielder for his contribution to the team.

“It is a sensitive issue. Some players were offered a contract on a certain amount of money and so it is hard for them to switch to a contract running for the same period but with the amount reduced. I don’t judge people in this situation. People react differently to these situations,” said Cristian Chivu. “I thank Sneijder for what he gave me on the pitch. I hope the rest of his career goes very well for him,” said the Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni.