MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 23: Wesley Sneijder of FC Inter Milan during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 23, 2011 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho may have knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League on his way to European glory with Inter Milan, but he's still happy to help the Blues out from time to time. Ok, maybe this wasn't exactly deliberate, but still - he apparently convinced former charge Wesley Sneijder to stay at the San Siro rather than join up with Manchester United this summer. How do we know this? Because Wesley told us, of course!
Mourinho called me and he told me to stay. He has an Inter heart and he has always told me to remain. I am happy to have stayed because I never wanted to leave and so I no longer want to speak about Manchester United
-Source: Gazzetta dello Sport via ESPN Soccernet.
Even if you think Sneijder is overrated and/or overpaid (I certainly do), he would make every team he goes to with the exception of Barcelona a more dangerous one, and even though he's not an immediately obvious fit in Sir Alex Ferguson's team I still would rather United not haul in any more good players. In other words, I wouldn't want Sneijder at Old Trafford if I were a United fan, but I also definitely don't want him there while I'm supporting a team that's supposed to be challenging them for the title.
So thanks for that, Jose. We owe you one - that's at least four Sneijderless months you've bought us. Well done on helping Sneijder help Inter contain their mercantile urges* for the summer and making Chelsea's life a little bit easier in the process.
*Inter seem to be super into this selling-players-to-meeting Financial Fair Play thing, but why sell Sneijder when you can just offload Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi Makhachkala for what I'm reliably told is one hundred billion euros? Between that and buying Yuri Zhirkov for silly money, Anzhi have been pretty darn helpful this year.