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Manchester United on alert as Inter Milan tell Wesley Sneijder to accept pay cut or find a new club

United on alert as Inter tell Sneijder to accept pay cut or find a new club

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UPDATED:

14:22 GMT, 30 November 2012

Inter Milan will consider selling Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United after talks over accepting a wage cut stalled.

United are on red alert after Sneijder was told he won’t be playing for Inter again until he accepts a cut to his 200,000 a week wages.

Sneijder is newly-frugal Inter’s top earner but again looks set to be left out of their match with Palermo on Sunday.

Is that the way to Manchester Wesley Sneijder looks set to leave Inter

Is that the way to Manchester Wesley Sneijder looks set to leave Inter

The Dutch midfielder has refused to accept a contract with reduced wages at Inter and club director Marco Branca has said he will not be involved in the Italian giants’ plans until he accepts the terms of a less extravagant wage package.

Sneijder, who led Jose Mourinho’s Inter team to the league, Champions League and domestic cup titles in 2010, was courted by a number of clubs, including United, in the summer, but Sir Alex Ferguson put the brakes on any deal due to the high wages he would demand.

But it now appears the Dutchman could also be shipped out in the January transfer window if a resolution is not reached quickly.

'Sneijder isn’t playing because the coach (Andrea Stramaccioni) doesn’t think he’s at his best, above all psychologically,' said Inter president Massimo Moratti.

The future's orange: Sneijder is a long-term target for Sir Alex Ferguson

The future's orange: Sneijder is a long-term target for Sir Alex Ferguson

'For us it’s natural to look for a way to not be forced to sell him and he has the right to not accept our offer. If it stays like that, the solution will be on the transfer market.'

The 28-year-old signed a five-year 200,000 a week deal in 2010, but Inter have made efforts to scale back their spending, which resulted in the sale of goalkeeper Julio Cesar to QPR this summer.

Branca issued a statement about Sneijder on the club website.

Branca said: ‘We’ve been negotiating with him for a while and we need to modify his contract.

‘We want to give him time to think about it and so we won’t be using him for the time being.’

Title-chasing Inter are without a win in three games after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Parma and have dropped down to fourth place, but are only four points behind leaders and champions Juventus.

Michael Schumacher warns Lewis Hamilton about Mercedes car

Over to Lew! Schumacher bows out with warning to Hamilton over car

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UPDATED:

00:11 GMT, 5 October 2012

Handing the baton on to Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher used the second retirement speech of his career to highlight the formidable task that awaits his replacement at Mercedes.

That Schumacher decided to call it a day is no surprise. Ever since Mercedes received positive vibes from Hamilton that a move from McLaren was possible, the German team had been working on a dignified exit plan.

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Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

Putting the brakes on: Michael Schumacher will retire at the end of the season

The agreed line was that Schumacher
cannot offer the long-term commitment that Hamilton can, which was
hardly a revelation since the seven-time world champion will be 44 by
the time next season comes around.

More plausible was that, without a
win and just one podium to his name during his second coming, Schumacher
had simply lost his mojo and Hamilton’s arrival had only served to
speed up the decision-making process.

‘The special moment is that the team
have found an option with Lewis that helped me find the decision,
because there was an option for me to retire at an earlier stage,’ said
Schumacher, coming as close as could be expected to saying he had been
pushed.

Glamour: The seven-time world champion will go down in F1 history

Glamour: The seven-time world champion will go down in F1 history

Tainted Schumacher, who crashed spectacularly in Singapore, has failed to match the achievements in his second spell of those in his first all-conquering time at the wheel

Tainted Schumacher, who crashed spectacularly in Singapore, has failed to match the achievements in his second spell of those in his first all-conquering time at the wheel

Admitting he had failed to live up to
his standards, Schumacher conceded: 'I said at the end of 2009 that I
want to be measured by my success, and this is why I had a lot of
criticism in the past three years which partly was justified.

'It is without doubt that we did not achieve our goal to develop a world championship-fighting car within those years.’

That challenge, from next season,
rests in Hamilton’s hands. But the 27-year-old admitted he will be
largely behind McLaren next year.

One of the men Hamilton will be chasing will be his replacement Sergio Perez. ‘I think he will surprise us all,’ he said.

Beware! Schumacher has fired a warning to his replacment Hamilton

Beware! Schumacher has fired a warning to his replacment Hamilton

VIDEO: Michael Schumacher retires…again…

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MICHAEL SCHUMACHER FACTFILE
Smooth: Michael Schumacher

Smooth: Michael Schumacher

1969: Born on January 3 in Huerth-Hermuelheim, Germany.

1973: Makes his racing debut in a karting event.

1987: Wins German and European kart championships.

1988: Finishes fourth in German Formula Ford championship and is second in the European series in his first year of car racing.

1990: Wins first major single-seater title, clinching the German Formula Three crown. Steps up to sportscars, driving for Mercedes.

1991: Makes Formula One debut for Jordan in Belgium, qualifying seventh before retiring. Poached by Benetton for the rest of the season.

1992: Takes first grand prix win in Belgium on his way to third in the championship.

1994: Wins title, with eight wins to his name, after controversial last-race clash with Damon Hill in Australia.

1995: Retains world crown, taking nine victories.

1996: Moves to struggling Ferrari and manages three wins on his way to third in the championship.

1997: Wins five races but is stripped of second in the championship for attempting to take out title rival Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez.

1999: Breaks his leg at Silverstone when easily leading the championship.

2000: Finally wins Ferrari's first drivers' title since 1979, amassing nine wins on the way.

Golden era: Schumacher enjoyed some ding-dong battles with British driver Damon Hill

2001: Another nine wins and another title, setting a new record for all-time victories.

2002: Wins championship in record time, setting a new mark of 11 victories.

2003: Wins title by a point after six victories, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five championships.

2004: Breaks his own record for wins in a season, 13, to take title number seven.

2006
September 10 – Announces his retirement at end of 2006 season after winning Italian Grand Prix.

2009
July 29 – Announces plans to make a shock return to F1 with Ferrari, deputising for Felipe Massa until the Brazilian recovers from injuries suffered in an accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Just champion: The German bought the glory days back to Ferrari

August 11 – Forced to abort comeback due to a neck injury sustained in a motorbike accident in February.

December 23 – Signs a three-year contract to drive for Mercedes GP, ending three years in retirement.

2010: Makes his return to F1 in Bahrain and finishes the season in ninth, with a highest finish of fourth.

2011: Betters his previous season with an eighth-placed finish and 96 points, with a fourth in Canada his best result.

2012: Returns to the podium for the first time since his retirement, finishing third in the European grand prix.

October 4: Announces he will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season.