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Sneijder slams Real treatment

Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder is fully focused on new club Inter Milan after agreeing a move to Italy from Real Madrid, who, he says, had treated him "very badly".

Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder is fully focused on new club Inter Milan after agreeing a move to Italy from Real Madrid, who, he says, had treated him "very badly". Both clubs have yet to confirm the deal and declined to comment yesterday but Spanish and Italian media reported the fee was ?15 million (Dh78m) possibly rising by another ?3m. "What happened with me is very strange," said Sneijder. "They [Real] treated me very badly but to tell the truth I would prefer not to talk about it."

Sneijder told Marca: "I am going to a great club, of that I have no doubt. I am very sad to leave but that's the way it is." The Dutch international had said he was being pushed out the door by Real, who are trying to trim their squad after a massive spending spree on a number of top players including Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso. Sneijder had felt the initial indications from Real were that he was part of new coach Manuel Pellegrini's plans for the coming season, which starts this weekend.

Meanwhile another of Real's unwanted Dutchmen, winger Arjen Robben, is close to a move to the German giants Bayern Munich. The Dutchman was believed to be on his way to Munich yesterday to undergo a medical and sign a contract in a deal worth in the region of ?25m after Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness reportedly flew to Madrid on Wednesday for talks with Real president Florentino Perez. Perez has already confirmed an agreement has been reached between the two clubs in an interview on Spanish radio station Onda Cero, but Bayern will not confirm the deal until the player has signed.

Should the deal go through today, Robben would be free to make his Bayern debut in tomorrow's Bundesliga clash with champions Wolfsburg. * Agencies