Kevin Strootman has defended his decision to snub Manchester United in favour of a move to AS Roma, after branding reported interest from the Premier League champions as 'nonsense', reports Sport Witness.
In an interview with Dutch newspaper Voetbal International, the former PSV Eindhoven midfielder spoke openly about the thought process behind his choice to switch to Serie 'A', saying that it is the perfect place for him to continue his promising development.
The 23-year-old has been widely tipped for a big future in the game, having turned in a series of impressive performances in the Eredivisie over the past few seasons, which have also helped him establish his place in the Holland national team.
Red Devils boss David Moyes was rumoured to be keen on bringing Strootman to Old Trafford, but according to the player himself, he received no approach from the club, and so when Roma came calling, he wasn't prepared to wait for any prospective offer from Manchester United.
"Who assumes you go from the Netherlands directly to the European summit - [to clubs like] Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United? Nonsense, it's not that simple," he said.
"I think Ibrahim Afellay was the last. It does not happen so quickly and that is no coincidence.
"As a young boy you play a good game and the next day in the newspapers it's that there are big clubs who had been to see. That guy in the stands."
Asked specifically about his move to Stadio Olimpico, Strootman added: "I was thinking of myself to go to England, as the next step in my career, but then suddenly AS Roma shows that they have good plans and want to get me.
"Should I wait for other clubs that had never previously contacted me? My view is no, I follow my feelings."