Stramaccioni elated as Sneijder saga draws to a close

The Nerazzurri boss has expressed his satisfaction in knowing that all parties can move on after Galatasaray agreed personal terms with the Netherlands international
Andrea Stramaccioni believes Inter have reached an important milestone after Galatasaray confirmed on Sunday that Wesley Sneijder would join the Turkish side pending a medical.

The Netherlands international had been stalling with his response to the Istanbul giants' offer, but any wrinkles appear to have been ironed out as the 28-year-old has now agreed personal terms.

"I'm waiting to speak with the president, but as I've already said - in one way or another - it was important to bring things to a close," Stramaccioni was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

When asked about the potential signing of replacements, Stramaccioni stressed the importance of new recruits bringing something different to the team.

"My players are doing just fine," the former Bologna defender said. "If a midfielder comes then he has to have characteristics that are different from those of the players I have. If not then we're fine just the same."

The Nerazzurri boss also reflected on his side's performance in Sunday's 1-1 draw away to Roma.

"With respect to Roma and their obvious potential, we were always in it," said Stramaccioni. "And playing with two forwards plus [Fredy] Guarin showed that we were going to make our presence felt.

"Roma got off to a fantastic start, but towards the end of the first half and at the start of the second Inter were playing very well. In the end a draw was a just result."

Meanwhile, Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia protested his innocence after he was controversially deemed to have fouled Roma's Michael Bradley in the box, resulting in the capital club's opening goal from the penalty spot.

"I was incredulous when he was awarded the penalty," Ranocchia told the Inter Channel. "The referee told me that I touched Bradley, but it was actually him that touched me."