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Kevin Strootman focussed on future

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Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has not ruled out a move to Manchester United despite the Italian club's assurances that he will not be sold.

Earlier this week Roma president James Pallotta confirmed at the Leaders in Sport summit that Strootman is not for sale, suggesting it would take a monster offer of around £75m to even bring him to the negotiating table.

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But when asked today about a potential move, as reported by the Daily Express, refused to be drawn on what the future holds.

Knee surgery

Speaking to NikeFootball.com, Strootman said: "Immediately after the knee surgery I had only one goal in mind.

"I want to return to the pitch as soon as possible, but only when I am 100 per cent fit and useful to the team.

"I train every day to become stronger and stronger."

The Dutch international, who briefly stepped in as captain for his national team when United boss Louis van Gaal was manager, is currently stepping up his recovery from a serious knee injury.

United options?

The 24-year-old former-PSV star is one of the best young central midfielders in the world, and has been tipped to link up with his former national team boss again at Old Trafford.

United are lacking a dynamic presence in central midfield, despite the additions of the technically gifted Ander Herrera and the magnificently creative Angel Di Maria.

They miss a box to box midfielder in the classic sense, and there are few of them around. Arturo Vidal is one, another coming off the back of a knee injury, but Strootman would be much more financially realistic for a club that spent £150m over the summer.

The connection with van Gaal and the Dutch players at Old Trafford already, the likes of Daley Blind and Robin van Persie, could also tempt Strootman to the club.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens in January - United will certainly have the funds, it just depends on what position they find themselves in on the pitch.

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