Roma chief James Pallotta has admitted he gets annoyed with the constant speculation regarding the future of Kevin Strootman and a possible switch to Manchester United.
The Dutch midfielder is believed to be high up on Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal's transfer wishlist in the January transfer window.
Reports had claimed that Van Gaal, who would have included Strootman in his squad for the World Cup where it not for a serious knee injury that a major bid was forthcoming, however both Roma and the player himself have publicly insisted that there were no truth in the rumours.
“I do get annoyed [about the rumours]," the Roma chief told Bleacher Report. "I think the papers have finally given up on the Strootman thing, because Kevin's come out and addressed it, saying he likes it in Italy and he has a five-year contract. And by the way, I wasn't going to sell him anyway!"
There has also been reports that Manchester United want to sign Miralem Pjanic, while more latterly it is Liverpool who are being linked with Bosnian playmaker. "The Liverpool thing with Pjanic is the same. We have another four years with him, and we love him," Pallotta continued.
“We want to put the best team on the pitch, that's the most important thing. But we're businessmen. If someone comes in with a stupid number for a player, you have to listen to it. You can't just say no, no matter what.
"My view is that I don't want Kevin to go, for example, but if someone offers a huge amount, you at least have to listen to them. You're running a team, so you have to look at what's best for everyone, not just one individual. That's the way the world works."
Roma currently sit three points behind Serie A leaders Juventus and are already out of the Champions League having fallen at the group stages - the same as Liverpool.
Manchester United are aiming to get back amongst Europe's elite having missed out on the competition last term and so far Van Gaal has guided them to fourth place after 21 league games.
If he wants to kick on however he will likely have to do it without Strootman who is set to stay in Italy for the foreseeable future.
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