Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder REUTERS

Wesley Sneijder has revealed he considered leaving Inter Milan in January but claims it was Zenit St Petersburg, rather than Manchester United or Chelsea, who made enquiries over his availability.

The Dutch playmaker has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Serie A since the summer, with reports in Italy on Monday suggesting he would consider a move to Chelsea if Jose Mourinho returned as manager.

Sneijder is also said to be on the radar of both Manchester United and Manchester City and the midfielder has admitted he will consider his options at the end of the season.

"I was tempted to leave the club. I had some interesting offers and Zenit St Petersburg made an offer. It was interesting. They wanted to push ahead with it," Sneijder told Dutch football magazine Voetbal International - via talkSPORT.

"There was absolutely nothing wrong with their proposal, but I didn't think it was the right time for me to leave Inter. We will see what can happen at the end of the season."

Earlier this month Sneijder suggested he would have relished a move to Manchester United if Sir Alex Ferguson had made an approach in January.

The Inter Milan midfielder was allegedly on Ferguson's transfer wish-list following the retirement of Paul Scholes last summer.

However, his £250,000-a-week wage demands proved too expensive for the Premier League champions and a deal never materialised.

"There have never been any concrete contacts with Manchester United," Sneijder is quoted in the Daily Mail.

"I see everything, I am not blind, but there is nothing concrete right now. I am happy at Inter, but we will see.

"I currently have no contacts with other clubs and I am living day by day.

"If on the last day of the transfer window an offer had arrived, maybe I would have left.

"The truth is that I feel at home at Inter, but I do not know where I will play next season."