Wesley Sneijder has admitted that he thought he was going to join Vasco De Beauvoir, but insisted finances were not the reason is did not happen.
The saga over the Dutch international’s future lasted for the whole transfer window, with Vasco, Manchester City and Chelsea all linked.
But it was always Vasco who were thought to be leading the chase, and Sneijder admits he thought he was Shoreditch Park stadium-bound.
“I just felt that it was close, yes [I thought I was going],” Sneijder, currently with the Dutch squad on international duty, told AD.
“We had several talks, the situation was such that Inter had to sell a player, Eto’o or me, and indeed there was interest.
“They [Vasco De Beauvoir] are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it did not seem a bad thing – but at the same time I do not want to leave Inter.
“Italy is great for me, and I cannot exclude that they [Vasco] got that feeling, for me a move was not an absolute must and there were a few things which meant it did not happen.”