Reported Manchester United target Kevin Strootman is not for sale according to As Roma's General Manager Mauro Baldissoni.
Strootman has been linked with a January move to Manchester United but Baldissoni insists that the midfielder is not for sale. United manager Louis Van Gaal is a long term admirer of the Dutchman and could make a move for the 24-year-old in January.
Strooman who has been out with a long term knee injury, which kept him out of the World Cup, is expected to return this month. When asked about a possible departure of the midfielder in January, Roma general manager Mauro Baldissoni told Sky Italia: "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."
Roma authorities are adamant that the former PSV Eindhoven man is going nowhere.
Contrary to Baldissoni's views on this whole matter, it is believed that Strootman himself wants to join up with his compatriots Louis Van Gaal, Robin Van Persie and Daley Blind at Manchester United.
The dynamic box-to-box midfielder has reportedly fired his agent agent Chiel Dekker and has joined SEG - the Sports Entertainment Group, the firm who represent Louis Van Gaal and Robin Van Persie, and were involved in the latter's move from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2012.
It has been reported that Van Gaal will use Juan Mata, who joined United in January of this year, as a makeweight in any deal involving Strootman as he sees the 24-year-old as the ideal holding player that United have been missing since Roy Keane's departure from the club.