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Nov 26, 2012

Sneijder omission a 'technical decision'

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has insisted leaving Wesley Sneijder out of his squad is a "technical decision" based on the player's performance on training and not due to a contract wrangle.

• Blog: Sneijder at crossroads

Over the weekend Inter technical director Marco Branca said Sneijder would not play for the club again until he agrees to a "contract modification", but Stramaccioni has distanced himself from those comments.

Sneijder, who has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, is contracted to Inter until the summer of 2015 but if no agreement can be made to change the terms of his deal he could be sold in January. He has not played in the group stage of the Europa League so is eligible to play in either of European competition for another club.

The Dutch midfielder has not played for Inter since late September after going off injured against Chievo but is fit and available for selection again.

Stramaccioni said: "I speak daily with both Wesley and the president [Massimo Moratti]. I know the situation, I think it is simpler than people may think. Over the summer Inter decided to have some very clear guidelines that we wanted to use throughout the transfer campaign. Within this idea of the club, that must be respected and shared, we have to understand the position of the player.

"I have enormous respect for Wesley as a player and a man, but right now my position as coach is not to use him as a technical decision based on what I see in training. That is my evaluation, obviously hoping they can sit round a table and the situation can be resolved. Having said that, I will go to Parma with the best players at my disposal and decide not to use Sneijder."

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