Inter Milan head coach Andrea Stramaccioni has hinted that he could be ready to welcome unsettled midfielder Wesley Sneijder back into the first-team.
Sneijder, 28, has not featured for the Nerazzurri since September as a dispute over his contract rumbles on and he has been linked with a January move to AC Milan, Paris St Germain or Tottenham.
Stramaccioni, however, has always maintained that Sneijder's prolonged absence from the team has been a tactical decision and insists that the Dutch international has a place waiting for him if he can prove his commitment.
"As far as Sneijder is concerned, he knows that when a player gives their all, I give them mine in return,” he told Gazzetta.it. Otherwise, they stay out (of contention).
"If I was a player I'd try to think about what my manager was thinking. I'm sure that Wesley can make me change my mind and, if he does, the shirt is waiting for him.''
Sneijder, who won the treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010, has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract but is reportedly unhappy with Inter's request that he take €2 million cut on his annual salary.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report