Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho persuaded Wesley Sneijder to turn down a move to Manchester United and stay at Inter Milan, according to sources in Italy.
Mourinho led Inter to the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in 2009-10 before moving to Madrid. It appears the Portuguese played a significant role in United's failure to sign the 27-year-old this summer. Sneijder has revealed he held talks with United during the summer transfer window but a formal offer never materialised. The Dutch international has subsequently said his former manager heavily influenced his decision to remain in Italy.
"Mourinho called me and he told me to stay. He has an Inter heart and he has always told me to remain," Sneijder told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I am happy to have stayed because I never wanted to leave and so I no longer want to speak about Manchester United."
However, the Dutch international may have to get used to seeing his name in print for a while longer. Reports in the Sunday Mirror suggest a move to United could go through in January.
A source told the newspaper: "Wesley wanted to go to United and was in negotiations until quite late. They couldn't agree terms but he is still saying he will end up at United."