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Sneijder enjoying life in Turkey

Wesley Sneijder has revealed he already feels at home in Turkey following his move from Inter Milan to Galatasaray.

The Netherlands midfielder made the switch to the Turkish Super Lig in a 7.5 million-euro deal this week, and has spoke of his excitement to get started with his new team.

“Such an amazing welcome message could only be seen here,” he told Galatasaray TV.

“My wife Yolanthe said, ‘Yes, we have absolutely made the right decision’.

“Since that welcome, we’ve felt at home and I think that’s the most important thing. I cannot wait to play. I’m very happy here.”

Sneijder’s new team-mate, Hamit Altintop, who moved from Real Madrid in the off-season, has revealed that settling in at the club was not easy for him.

“I already knew (head coach) Fatih Terim’s working style before,” the 30-year-old Turkey international told Uefa.com.

“I know his system and the way he manages a team (from the national squad), so I really don’t think I had any trouble adapting. But sure, outside of football, you have to adapt to a different atmosphere.

“Additionally I am in a new country. Even though I am Turkish and even though I know the city, living here is quite different.

“Even though everything is not perfect yet, I believe that both the team and I are on the right track and I’m hopeful about our prospects.”

Thu 24 January, 2013
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