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Soccer: Inter deny trying to bully Sneijder to take pay cut

Dutchman left out for footballing reasons, says chairman

Soccer: Inter deny trying to bully Sneijder to take pay cut

Milan, November 29 - Inter Milan have denied leaving Wesley Sneijder on the sidelines in an attempt to bully the Dutch playmaker into accepting a new contract with a salary cut. Sneijder, 28, has not played for Inter since September despite having recovered from a thigh injury and returning to training with his teammates. Inter's Technical Director Marco Branca was recently quoted in the Italian media as saying Sneijder would not return to action until he reached an agreement with the club on a new deal. His existing contract runs for two more years. But Chairman Massimo Moratti said Inter were not trying to coerce the player after the global footballers' union, FIFApro, said Wednesday that it was concerned about clubs using "blackmail" in negotiations. "There isn't any blackmail," Moratti said. "If a contract is valid, it's also valid to ask a person if it can be improved . "The fact is that for the time being he's not playing for footballing reasons".

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