Louis van Gaal has issued a warning to Wesley Sneijder that his World Cup place is under threat unless he improves his form.

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sneijder bbVan Gaal has been critical of Sneijder ever since he moved to Galatasaray last year, even telling him that he should leave the club for Chelsea, and stripping the midfielder of the national teams captaincy.

Now the Netherlands boss has told Sneijder that he may not be on the plane to Brazil this summer for the World Cup, unless he begins performing week in week out in Turkey.

Van Gaal told NRC, “What if that one through-ball doesn’t happen.¬†Would we just say: too bad for the Dutch national team? In that case, our chances of being eliminated in the first round are quite big.

“You should be able to deliver at club level every week. If you can’t deliver at your club, then you most definitely can’t deliver at the national team.

“He will play in Turkey until the middle of May, so I will wait and see. There is no need to decide ¬†before then.”

Sneijder has made 35 appearances for Galatasaray this season, netting 13 goals and making eight assists.

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