Manchester United midfield target happy to stay put

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Kevin Strootman has played down rumours linking him with a January switch to Manchester United, and says there is guarantee he will leave PSV Eindhoven, even at the end of the season.

The Dutch international operates as a conventional or defensive midfielder and has impressed for his club since joining from Sparta Rotterdam in 2011.

Reports linking Strootman with a move to Old Trafford have been rife in recent weeks, while his agent confirmed today that Manchester United had indeed been in touch over a potential switch.

Manchester United have notoriously struggled in the midfield department for some time, a fact that was evident for much of their laboured 3-1 win over QPR at Old Trafford on Saturday.

While Sir Alex Ferguson's pursuit of a genuine world-class replacement for Paul Scholes is yet to bear any fruit, a move for Strootman would represent a move to add some steel to his midfield that has been absent since Roy Keane left a hole that Owen Hargreaves proved unable to fill because of his injury problems.

However, despite the Red Devils' apparent keenness to land Strootman, he says he is in no rush to leave the Eredivisie.

"A move abroad in the winter transfer window is by no means ideal. That would only give you two weeks to adapt to your new surroundings. If a club really wants me, they will return in the summer," the 22-year-old told NUsport.

"And it's not like I want to leave PSV at all costs in the summer. We will hopefully play in the Champions League again next season.

"Of course, I have ambition and I occasionally discuss certain clubs with my agent Chiel Dekker, but a transfer's not on my mind all the time. I am happy at PSV and want to win the league title here first.

Strootman is contracted with PSV until 2016 and has also attracted interest from a host of Serie A clubs in the past.

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