Manchester United have been dealt a huge transfer blow after it was revealed that £30 million midfield target Kevin Strootman wants to stay at his current club Roma.
The 24-year-old Netherlands midfielder is a long-term target for Manchester United, but it was exclusively revealed by Sky Italia today that he is fully committed to Roma - who are challenging hard for the Serie A title this season.
Last November, Goal.com reported that Strootman was interested in a move to Old Trafford and a reunion with United manager Louis van Gaal. However, Strootman has now underlined his desire to stay at Roma and prove his worth in Italy.
Strootman fully committed
"I signed for five years here," he told Sky Italia. "I am not talking to other teams."
Strootman suffered knee ligament damage in March 2014 which kept him out of the World Cup. The midfielder missed several months of action because of the injury, and he says he wants to give more back to Roma for the faith they put in him during his time out.
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"I’ve only played for six or seven months [due to injury]. I want to play, help the team, this is important to me. I am not talking to other teams."
Changing his tune
These comments contrast the reports coming out of Roma last November, with Strootman allegedly telling Roma to begin talks with United over a possible move to the Premier League.
At the time, Goal.com revealed, "Strootman is keen to be reunited with former Netherlands coach Van Gaal and is aware that the 20-time English champions would more than treble his £25,000-a-week salary."
United could still make a bid
However, it now seems that United will have to focus their attention elsewhere for a new addition in midfield, with Sami Khedira believed to be another option.
Despite these comments today from Strootman, the proof in the pudding will be whether or not Roma stand firm if and when United make their interest in the midfielder official.