Less than a month after Dutch legend Arjen Robben announced his decision to come out of retirement, former Netherlands captain Wesley Sneijder now looks set to complete a similarly remarkable career U-turn.
After a glittering career that saw him turn out for the likes of Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, Sneijder announced his retirement in August last year at the age of 35.
The Dutch centurion, who is the Netherlands' most capped player with 134 international appearances to his name, has been working with FC Utrecht since hanging up his boots, but could now be set for a return to the pitch with the club.
According to RTE, Sneijder will start training with amateur team DOS Holland Stichtse Boys, who are also based in Utrecht, later this month in a bid to return to fitness ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
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The 2010 UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year has battled with weight issues since his retirement, but has been assured that there will be place for him at FC Utrecht if he is able to prove his fitness.
"Let it be clear that a top, fit Sneijder is very an interesting prospect for FC Utrecht, but the ball is in his court," Utrecht's technical director Jordy Zuidam said last week.
Sneijder's apparent desire to return to the pitch follows after former Los Blancos and Netherlands teammate Robben came out of retirement to play for boyhood club Groningen, where he has signed a one-season deal.