Wesley Sneijder set for Inter showdown

"It was nothing to do with the president. It was my choice," said Stramaccioni. "There are players in better form than him (Sneijder) and it's my job to put the best team together."

Reported by: Agence France-Presse
Last updated on Monday, 03 December, 2012 00:18 IST
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Milan: Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni said the club will meet with Wesley Sneijder's entourage on Monday after leaving the Dutch midfielder out of his squad for a 1-0 win over Palermo.

Stramaccioni indicated on Saturday, three days after the Italian club were accused of blackmailing the player, that Sneijder would be available for selection only to leave the Dutchman out of his matchday squad.

The decision is likely to further fuel speculation about Sneijder's future with the Nerazzurri but Stramaccioni refuted suggestions he had been carrying out a directive from club president Massimo Moratti.

"It was nothing to do with the president. It was my choice," said Stramaccioni. "There are players in better form than him (Sneijder) and it's my job to put the best team together."

Last week Inter announced that 28-year-old Sneijder would not play for the club again until he agreed to new terms.

That announcement angered the professional footballers' trade union, FIFPro, which said it would be appealing to UEFA and FIFA.

In an article headlined 'FIFPro wants to end blackmail behaviour of clubs', FIFPro claimed: "Inter has demanded that the Dutch international extend his contract until 2016, but then for exactly the same total salary.

"In other words, to work a year longer without receiving any salary for it."

Stramaccioni said a meeting is scheduled on Monday and told Sky Italia: "Let's see how tomorrow goes. In general, I am in agreement with Moratti, but I have to make choices, not deal with contracts."

Story first published on: Monday, 03 December 2012 00:16 IST

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