AS Roma manager Rudi Garcia has issued a hands-off warning to Premier League side Manchester United regarding the future of Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, reports talkSPORT.
Despite currently being sidelined due to a serious knee injury, Strootman has been monitored by United over the past few months, and after taking over at Old Trafford in the summer, Louis Van Gaal admitted he will continue to track the Dutchman's recovery from injury.
The midfielder was injured earlier this year resulting in him missing the World Cup with Netherlands after initially being named in Van Gaal's squad, but despite the injury, the United boss has still declared his interest in the 24-year-old.
It isn't just Van Gaal who has shown interest in the Roma midfielder, as both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes wanted to sign the Dutchman during their tenures at Old Trafford, but so far, none of them have succeeded in signing him from the Italian side.
Strootman's long-awaited return to first-team football for Garcia's side is expected to take place in six weeks as he steps up his rehabilitation on his leg, and Van Gaal is reportedly keen on monitoring his first few performances back ahead of a potential January bid.
However, despite the strong links and the desire for United to sign Strootman, Garcia has once again gone on the record to deny any truths behind the rumours and he has insisted that the Dutchman will remain a Roma player for the foreseeable future.
"Is Strootman for sale? You'll have to ask our president," Garcia said during the week.
"But the intention of the club is very clear: Strootman is an important player for us and I hope he is available for the home game against City on 10th December, which is a crucial match."
Strootman has made 25 appearances for Roma since joining them in 2013 from Dutch side, PSV.