AS Roma have insisted that midfielder, Kevin Strootman, is not interested in a move to Premier League side Manchester United, despite Dutchman, Louis Van Gaal, being the manager at Old Trafford.
According to Metro, the Red Devils have been interested in the Netherlands midfielder since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at the club, and since then both David Moyes and Van Gaal have also tried to sign the midfielder.
However, officials at Roma have warned United that their star isn't for sale and he isn't even considering a move to United.
Strootman, 24, has been sidelined with a knee injury since the beginning of the year, but after spending months sidelined, he is finally close to returning for the Serie A side.
The serious knee injury kept Strootman from the World Cup after initially being named in Van Gaal's squad, and due to him missing out on the tournament, the Dutch manager ended up changing his formation and tactics due to not having the 24-year-old in his side.
After joining Manchester United in the Summer, Van Gaal was very open about who he wanted to sign for The Red Devils, and he admitted that he would monitor Strootman's recovery from injury ahead of a possible January move once the transfer window re-opened.
Van Gaal admitted that he wants to sign as many Dutch players as possible as he likes their work-rate and their attitude towards the game, with; Ron Vlaar, Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben, Strootman and Wesley Sneijder all linked with a possible move to Old Trafford.
The United boss has a good, working relationship with Strootman and is desperate to sign him for the Premier League side, but has been told that the midfielder isn't interested in a move away and that he is not for sale.
Hands off warning
When questioned about Strootman's future, Roma's sporting director, Mauro Baldissoni, had this to say:
‘We can’t wait until Kevin is back on the pitch.
‘We miss him a lot, but he is getting closer to his return. We are proud that Kevin is part of our squad and he is not for sale.
‘There has been non-stop reporting in UK newspapers about Kevin Strootman and Manchester United.
‘Kevin Strootman is not for sale and has never been discussed in that vein at Roma. They are wasting paper.
‘We consider Kevin an integral, highly valued partner in our long-term plans.’
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