Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder walks in front of coach Jose Mourinho during a training session at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow April 5, 2010. Inter Milan will play against CSKA Moscow in their Champions League quarter-final soccer match on Tuesday. (Photo : REUTERS/Grigory Dukor (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been heavily linked with transfer rumors to English club Chelsea and Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal has weighed in on the potential move.
"Sneijder to Chelsea is just a rumor at the moment, but it would be much easier for me to keep an eye on his progress if he were to make the move to Chelsea," stated Van Gaal. "I could be at Chelsea within an hour from Netherlands and [Chelsea manager Jose] Mourinho is a friend of mine."
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According to ESPN, Sneijder's current club Galatasaray is open to selling the midfielder for a £12.75m fee this summer. Additionally, Sneijder's history with Mourinho has also sparked the rumors. Sneijder was part of the Inter Milan squad that Mourinho led to Champions league glory. Sneijder scored three goals and six assists in 11 Champions league matches during that run.
Sneijder was transferred to Galatasaray in January after scoring one goal in five games for Inter Milan. During his stint with the Turkish club, Sneijder helped the club to the quarterfinals against Real Madrid. He managed one goal in that stretch and was expected to return to help the Turkish squad next season.
Sneijder was also stripped of his captaincy on the Dutch international squad. The current captain is Manchester United star Robin Van Persie. "I had a good talk about it with Wesley and he's dealing with the situation pretty well," noted Van Gaal. "I have no doubt that everybody will help him."