Sneijder stays at Inter Milan as Manchester United hold fire on deadline day

By Charlotte Duncker, Sports Correspondent

Manchester United had a quiet deadline day having done all of their business early on in the transfer window.

Sir Alex Ferguson avoided the deadline day madness having made his trio of singings, David De Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones back in June.

Having wrapped up all of their business early in the summer the only potential singing rumour still circulating was that of Holland international Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.

Sky Sports reported two days before the end of the window that the deal could still go ahead and United fans were frantically tweeting their excitement. The rumours continued to circulate late into the day yesterday despite Sneijder still being in Eindhoven with the Dutch national side.

But the rumours ended when Sneijder took to his Twitter account late last night to thank fans from around the world and show his commitment to Inter.

He said: “Thanks for all the support, from all over the world!! I will stay with Inter next season.”

“I respect all the Man Utd fans, who supported me the whole transfer window!” he added.

Sneijder spoke to a Dutch newspaper to confirm that he did think a move to Manchester may have been on the cards but it did not come through in the end.

He said: “I just felt that it was close, yes. We had several talks. The situation was such that Inter had to sell a player, either Samuel Eto’o or me and indeed there was interest.”

“Italy is great for me, and I cannot exclude that they (United) got that feeling. For me a move was not an absolute must and there were a few things that meant that it did not happen,” he added.

The reds embarked on their biggest ever summer spending spree with the £16m capture of Phil Jones from Blackburn before spending another £16m on Ashley Young from Aston Villa.

United’s final purchase of the summer was Spanish U21 International David De Gea who has already come under scrutiny for his early performances for the Premier League Champions.

Despite Fergie telling the press and the fans that he was happy with his squad rumours continue to circulate and the reds were reported to have been interested in a vast amount of players ranging from Luka Modric, who has stayed at Tottenham Hotspur , and Samir Nasri who is now a Manchester City player.

As expected many of the young players have gone out on loan to lower league clubs to gain first team experience with United’s Young Player of the year, Ryan Tunnicliffe, going to Peterborough United along with Scott Wooton.

They join Oliver Norwood, Danny Drinkwater, Reece Brown, Joshua King, Robbie Brady, Ritchie de Laet and Bebe on the long list of loanees.

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