Sneijder worked harder than anyone at the World Cup - Prandelli

The new Galatasaray boss admits he is relishing the start of the season with the Istanbul giants and has called on the Netherlands playmaker to continue his summer form
Wesley Sneijder worked harder than anyone else during the World Cup, according to new Galatasaray head coach Cesare Prandelli.

The 30-year-old played an important role in Netherlands' surprise third-placed finish at Brazil 2014, having scored a crucial goal against Mexico and established an impressive understanding with attacking duo Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie.

Louis van Gaal had called on Sneijder to prove both his form and his fitness during the latter part of last season in order to secure his World Cup place, and the new Manchester United boss has been linked with a summer bid for the player after being impressed by his displays.

Prandelli, who coached Italy to a disappointing group-stage exit before joining Galatasaray, insists Sneijder is important to his plans and is confident he will display the same enthusiasm for his club as he did with the national team.

"Sneijder played very well in the World Cup. He ran more than everyone else in the tournament. His work rate was top," Prandelli told Galatasaray Magazine. "Sneijder is a very important player for us. I hope he will play with the same ambition when he returns."

Prandelli, who replaced compatriot Roberto Mancini at the Istanbul giants, admits he is relishing the prospect of the new season with the club.

"I want to win everything and Galatasaray is a good place for my aims," he said. "I'm different from Roberto Mancini.

"I want to win 20th title for Galatasaray. I cannot wait to play in TT Arena."

Prandelli added that Selcuk Inan will be captain for the forthcoming season as "he symbolizes the fans, club and country."