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Posted: Tuesday August 25, 2009 10:26AM; Updated: Tuesday August 25, 2009 12:06PM

Sneijder reportedly rejects move to Inter Milan

By Adam Scime, Special to SI.com, Goal.com

Despite reports suggesting that Real Madrid star Wesley Sneijder was on the verge of completing a move to Inter, the Web site of Spanish newspaper Marca now claims the Dutchman has changed his mind.

The press claimed that the former Ajax star had taken a trip to Milan to conclude the deal, but Marca insists the player later decided not to board the plane to Malpensa airport and would rather fight for his place in Madrid, which looks very insecure under coach Manuel Pellegrini.

The club has stripped Sneijder of his No. 10 jersey, as it was seen on Lassana Diarra on Monday in a friendly against Rosenberg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The two clubs have agreed to a price-tag of $21.5 million, but wages also seem to be a stumbling block between the Nerazzurri and the 25-year-old.

Without regular football, Sneijder risks missing out on the World Cup next summer. He joined los Blancos in 2007 and has made over 50 appearances in the league since that time, but is seemingly surplus to requirements with the arrivals of Kaka, Xabi Alonso, and Cristiano Ronaldo in midfield.

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