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Stramaccioni not under orders to exclude Sneijder

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni says Wesley Sneijder’s absence from the first team is not related to the player’s contract dispute.

Inter’s sporting director Marco Branca recently claimed Sneijder would not play again until he agreed to take a pay cut, but Stramaccioni has said the 28-year-old has been omitted for football reasons.

“All of the decisions made about all of my players are made exclusively down to my evaluations,” Stramaccioni told reporters.

“If the Dutchman plays or if he is named in the squad then it will be because of my decisions and nobody else’s. I’ll take the responsibility.

“He’s training with his teammates, he’s doing well and I hope to not have to answer any more questions on the subject. I think I’ve already spoken too much about the argument.”

Sneijder has not featured for Inter’s first team since September.

Stramaccioni also confirmed he will use the Europa League tie with Neftci on Thursday as a way of evaluating his fringe players.

“This is not a time of the season when I can use all of my first team players because of our physical condition,” he said.

“We have to get to Sunday with the most energy possible.

“Having already qualified for the next round, this gives me the chance to field a lot of the Primavera players.”

Inter have already qualified for the knockout stages of UEFA’s second-tier competition.

Wed 5 December, 2012
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