Wesley Sneijder Is Training For A Sensational Return To Football
Wesley Sneijder is training for a sensational return to football, aged 36.
Having seen his former teammate Arjen Robben make a dream return to his boyhood club FC Groningen, Sneijder is thinking about following in his footsteps with FC Utrecht.
Sneijder was born in Utrecht and although he watches games from a box at Stadion Galgenwaard, he never played for the club in his decorated playing career, which came to an end in August last year.
That could change soon, however, with RTV Utrecht reporting that Sneijder will begin training with Dutch fifth tier club DHSC from July 27 as he looks to build up his fitness.
Wesley Sneijder is making the first steps towards making his comeback.- Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) July 13, 2020
The midfielder will train with the amateur side DHSC from the 27th of July to work on his condition.
Sneijder is in talks with Utrecht over a comeback.
Wesley Sneijder said he will begin training on the 27th.- Filip Jakimoski (@jakimoskiFC) July 13, 2020
This is like when I say I will start going to the gym from next Monday pic.twitter.com/A9HyyA53w6
His ultimate goal is to pull on the Utrecht shirt for the first time, with the club's technical director Jordy Zuidam open to it happening and confirming talks have been held.
Sneijder would have to take a significant wage cut if he was to turn out for local side in the Eredivisie.
As per Football Orange, Zuidam told De Telegraaf's podcast: "Utrecht does not have the budgets that Wesley is used to at other clubs. He knows that better than anyone. Money has not yet been discussed. If Wesley is willing to do this, he will also help Utrecht."
"It will not be a financial choice for him, but he then chooses a feeling. We talked about it that way. That is why we have not yet talked about money.
"He has asked the time and space to think seriously about it. If he is willing to make himself fit and ready, that is certainly interesting for Utrecht."
After coming through the Ajax academy, Sneijder went to play 180 times for the Amsterdam outfit, scoring 58 goals and winning one league title.
He then earned a big move to Real Madrid, where he won La Liga in his debut season in the Spanish capital.
Sneijder was integral to the club's treble-winning campaign in 2009/10 and finished in fourth place for the Ballon d'Or.
The World Cup finalist would win another league title with Galatasaray in Turkey, before finishing his career playing for Nice and Qatari side Al-Gharafa.
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