Manchester United were sensationally turned down in their bid for Chelsea targeted Galatasaray star Wesley Sneijder this summer, as reported by the Daily Star.
Having been given the opportunity to move to the Old Trafford club, Sneijder seemingly decided against the move, with the possibility of giving up Champions League football high on his list of issues.
The Dutch international was consistently linked with a move to Man Utd during the summer transfer window, with the belief being that he would have been happy to work with former Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal again after a successful World Cup in Brazil.
Man Utd also faced competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the quest for Sneijder.
The Stamford Bridge club are even thought to have lined up a £16 million move for the midfielder, with boss Jose Mourinho keen to reunite with a player he worked heavily with at Inter Milan.
However, Sneijder revealed that he turned down a move to Man Utd, saying: “Louis [Van Gaal] is one of the most intelligent men in football – and I knew of Manchester United’s interest in the summer.
“It was flattering – but I am very happy in Turkey – and it is very hard to leave Champions League football.”