Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder is staying with Istanbul giants Galatasaray this season despite speculation that he would leave following his sparkling showing in the World Cup, the club president said Tuesday.
Galatasaray will be seeking to make a major impact in the Champions League this season after signing former Italy football manager Cesare Prandelli as their new coach.
Sneijder is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence since moving to Turkey, helping Galatasaray to the 2013 Super Lig and last season's Turkish Cup. A recall to the Netherlands starting line-up saw the 30-year-old play a key role in his national team's impressive third-place finish at the World Cup in Brazil.
His fine form has led to inevitable speculation that he could be leaving Istanbul, with reports claiming a reunion with Holland boss Louis van Gaal at Manchester United was in the offing.
However, Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has made it clear that Sneijder will remain in Turkey, both at the wishes of the player himself as well as the club and new head coach Cesare Prandelli.
"Sneijder is going to stay with Galatasaray," said Aysal, quoted by Turkish media. "It's not just our opinion but that of Cesare Prandelli and the player. There can be no talk of a split between us.
"He had a tiring season and right afterwards he played at the World Cup. He will rejoin us after the holidays," he added.
Aysal had previously said that the club was willing to sell Sneijder if another club was willing to cough up for a 20-million-euro ($26.8m) release clause.
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