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Holland coach Louis van Gaal has urged Wesley Sneijder to leave Turkish football and join Chelsea in order to be certain of a place at the World Cup.
Sneijder left Inter Milan to join Galatasaray in January 2013 after falling out with club officials over the terms of a proposed new deal.
The talented midfielder has been linked with several big clubs throughout his career and it was thought that Manchester United might have stepped in to end his Italian frustration last winter, having been linked with the player in 2011.
But the Netherlands international schemer opted for Istanbul and helped his new side win their domestic title last May.
But his form at international level has tailed off in recent times and he is not guaranteed a starting berth for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Van Gaal believes a switch of club to a more competitive league would help reignite the former Real Madrid star’s international career and feels a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho would benefit all parties concerned.
“I know Chelsea and Jose Mourinho want Sneijder,” he said. “In my opinion, if possible Sneijder should leave Galatasaray and join Chelsea.
“Playing under Mourinho again would improve his performances and help him regain his form for the national team.”
One potential drawback to that plan is the number of midfielders currently at Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho packing his side full of playmakers, and it remains to be seen whether the Portuguese tactician strengthens his squad in the new year.