Galatasaray news

Wesley Sneijder passes physical

January 22, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

ISTANBUL -- Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder on Tuesday completed his move to the Turkish club Galatasaray following a contract dispute with Inter Milan.

The 28-year-old signed a 3½-year deal. Sneijder says he had several transfer offers but chose Galatasaray, which he described as a "top club" and "still in the Champions League."

Sneijder joined Inter Milan in 2009 and helped it win several trophies. In November, Inter technical director Marco Branca said Sneijder would not play until he made a decision about his future.

Thousands of Galatasaray fans greeted Sneijder on his arrival in Istanbul on Monday.

Speaking before undergoing his medical Tuesday, Sneijder said he sought advice from his former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, the Holland coach, before finally deciding to join Galatasaray.

Sneijder told De Telegraaf: "I've been very well briefed on all sides, very well briefed.

"I called Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal because they have been key figures in my football career and I think their opinion is important.

"They both said the same thing: 'do!'" Sneijder said. "They gave me the final push, knowing how Turkish football is on the rise.''

Sneijder also admitted one of the reasons behind his move to Gala was next year's World Cup in Brazil.

He said: "This is all important in view of the World Cup."

Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.