Friday 24 November 2017

Sneijder dispute puts united on red alert

WESLEY Sneijder's future at Inter Milan has been thrown into doubt after he reportedly refused to renegotiate his deal with the club.

Sneijder is contracted to the Nerazzurri until 2015 but is currently involved in a dispute with his employers, who are rumoured to be pushing the influential playmaker to take a pay cut.

He met with club officials in a bid to resolve the situation although a statement released by his management to would seem to suggest the matter is not yet closed.

"In this way, there is little reason for me to sign," he said.

His outburst could spark a January transfer window race for his signature, with Manchester United known to be a long-term admirer of the Dutchman.

The former Real Madrid midfielder has not featured for the Italian giants since September, with a thigh injury keeping him on the sidelines for some of that time.

Elsewhere in Italy, Juventus have been fined €10,000 after their fans unveiled an offensive banner during the 3-0 derby win over Torino that referred to the 1949 plane crash that wiped out nearly the entire "Grande Torino" squad.

The huge banner read – in translation – "We of Turin pride and glory, you just a crash."

The crash occurred in May 1949 as Torino was winning its fifth straight Serie A title. It hasn't won it since.

Former Italy international Sandro Mazzola, whose father was killed in the crash, said Saturday's incident was "a sign that we are in a country that has fallen to a real low point – in every aspect."

Meanwhile, Torino were fined €25,000 after its fans destroyed seats and wash rooms inside the year-old Juventus Stadium.

Irish Independent

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