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Wesley Sneijder felt he was "close" to joining Manchester United but insists that he is happy to stay at Inter.

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Sneijder had been linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer, particularly as Inter appeared eager to offload their high earners, but they eased their financial concerns with the sale of Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi earlier in the month.

Sneijder had thought a move was likely but insists he is happy to remain in Milan.

"I had felt that a move was close, yes," he told AD. "There were talks on several occasions. The situation was that Inter had to sell a player - Eto'o or me. There was interest, but due to a combination of things, it didn't happen.

"They are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it wasn't a bad option, but at the same time I didn't want to leave Inter. I'm in Italy and it's been great for me.

"I'm not saying I wouldn't have felt the same about [United], but for me it wasn't a situation where I felt I had to move, and there were a few factors that meant it didn't happen."

The key issue with the deal was said to be Sneijder's wage demands, but he added: "For me it wasn't so much a financial issue. Things are very good at Inter. I love the club and also the Italian people and the Italian culture. It suits me."

Inter president Massimo Moratti insists he is pleased that Sneijder will remain with the club.

"We were very keen to keep Sneijder," he said. "He is a player that has a lot of class and has behaved very well this summer"

Inter also reinforced the squad with two additions in attack: Diego Forlan joined on a permanent contract from Atletico Madrid while Mauro Zarate moved from Lazio on an initial loan deal that can be made permanent at the end of the season.

"I believe we have a very strong team," Moratti said. "We have new players and so many possibilities. It has been an interesting and good transfer market. We begin the season with great ambition.

"Forlan is a champion that can make the fans dream."

On Zarate, he added: "I got a call from the Lazio president yesterday morning and we managed to reach an agreement. It was a great move. Zarate is a player that we really wanted and he is very happy to be at Inter."

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