Inter Milan coach Ranieri warns Sneijder no first-choices

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri says he'll introduce Wesley Sneijder slowly to the first team.

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri says he'll introduce Wesley Sneijder slowly to the first team.

Sneijder made his comeback against AC Milan last week for a few minutes, then started the Coppa Italia game with Genoa.

“After two months I saw his first game, in which he was determined and confident. He inevitably lacks match fitness, but I must remember I made a mistake with Sneijder at the start when I played him regularly so he could get back into shape. Instead, that prompted a relapse," said Ranieri.

“This is why he will now be slowly introduced back into the side. Sneijder will play when I believe the time is right. Along with Diego Forlan, Cristian Chivu and Dejan Stankovic, he’ll be our ‘big’ January signing.

“There are no hierarchies in my squad. Those in the starting line-up are there because at the moment they are in the best shape. Right now I see Luc Castaignos in better shape than Mauro Zarate, but that can change.”

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