Manchester United and AC Milan target Kevin Strootman has expressed his delight at signing for AS Roma, and revealed that the Serie 'A' club were the only serious contenders to secure his signature, reports Sky Sports.
The 23-year-old midfielder was the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, as he looked for a move away from former club PSV Eindhoven.
Despite constant rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford, Strootman insists that the only formal offer on the table was the one presented by Roma, meaning a transfer to Manchester United was never an option.
"Did Manchester United and AC Milan want me? Only Roma came forward seriously for me and I liked their project," he said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Rudi Garcia called me and convinced me to make the move, and I'm happy to be here."
After completing a £15.6million move to the Stadio Olimpico, the Holland international is looking forward to the challenge of playing his part in helping take the new-look Italian team to the next level, both domestically and in Europe.
"There are so many good players here, as well as the new ones like Maicon, (Mehdi) Benatia and Gervinho," added Strootman.
"I want to prove that I am worth all the money that Roma spent on me, and then I want to win something."
Manchester United are still in the market for midfield reinforcements this summer, having also failed with bids to sign Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.