Sneijder signs for Galatasaray

Galatasaray have finally completed the signing of Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder after he passed a medical for the Turkish side on Tuesday.

He had looked to be on the way out of Inter Milan for a number of months after reports suggested he had fallen out with manager Andrea Stramaccioni and now, a deal has been done after a lot of speculation.

At 28-years-old, you would say that the midfielder is in his best years as a footballer and he clearly didn’t want to be warming the bench in Serie A.

Everyone knows that he is one of the best in the world at what he does when on form and we might now start to see the level of performances the he reached in helping Inter to Champions League success in 2010.

He heads to a Galatasaray side that are currently top of the Turkish top flight and in the last sixteen of the Champions League, so he is going to be challenging for some trophies in his first few months at the club.

The Holland international seems to be delighted with his move as he said: “It will be amazing and the atmosphere will be nice.

“I can’t wait to go there and play my first game. I will make the Galatasaray fans very proud and very happy. I’m looking forward to meeting them and making a good life together.”

There had of course been strong reports that he was coming to the Premier League and he might have been keen, but a deal never materialised.

Manchester United have kept tabs on Sneijder in the past, but they did not reignite their interest when he became available. However, it seems as though Liverpool were doing all they could to secure his services, but guaranteed Champions League football is what sealed the deal and you can’t blame him for that.

The former Real Madrid man can achieve great things in Turkey and if he gets off to a good start at the club, he could become a hero with the fans very quickly. Supporters are very passionate in that part of the world and players that perform week-in, week-out will be extremely popular.

Sneijder’s new team take on Schalke in the last sixteen of the Champions League and his arrival could be the boost that the squad need ahead of such a big game.

One thing you don’t want to see a player of his quality do is coast through the next few years of his career.

This is your time to shine again, Wesley.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.