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Sneijder: Mijatovic convinced me to choose Real Madrid over Valencia

Wesley Sneijder admits he was all set to sign for Valencia before Real Madrid's intervention in 2007.

Valencia had struck terms with Ajax over a fee for Sneijder - but then Real stepped in.

"I had to push that thing between Ajax and Real Madrid. I was 23 years old and there was a huge opportunity here," said Sneijder, who stated then Real director Predrag Mijatovic immediately came to the point when he visited Schiphol.

"He took out a sheet from his inside pocket. I can still see him making that gesture. He unfolded it and I immediately saw it: three million net per season. Contract for five seasons. At Ajax I got one million. Gross."

Sneijder would eventually leave Ajax for Real Madrid for a fee of €27m.

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