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Moratti rules out Sneijder sale
Published : 17 Aug 2011 10:55:32
Wesley Sneijder will remain at Inter Milan this summer according to president Massimo Moratti, who has described the Dutch playmaker as "untouchable".
Sneijder has been linked with a move to Manchester United and revealed at the weekend he could be sold for the right price after "unofficial talks" had begun. Moratti has, however, denied those comments, saying there has never been any such negotiations and that Inter are not interested in selling one of their key men.
"There has never been any kind of talks about Wes," Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
Moratti revealed his resolve to keep Sneijder has been strengthened further by the imminent departure of star striker Samuel Eto'o, who is set to join big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
"It doesn't matter whether Eto'o stays put or leaves the club," he added.
"Sneijder was untouchable before the situation with Eto'o and he has become even more so now Eto'o could leave. Sneijder is going nowhere."
Moratti also confirmed speculation regarding the club's interest in Manchester City's wantaway striker Carlos Tevez, but believes any deal is unlikely as he instead looks at other options to fill Eto'o's departure.
"The names that have been mentioned are correct," he added.
"We have been following Tevez, (Ezequiel) Lavezzi and (Diego) Forlan. It will be difficult to sort an agreement for the City striker but the others we are considering.