Dutch international Kevin Strootman has denied claims that his career could be over.
As reported by talkSPORT, Strootman, who has endured a nightmare on the injury scene in recent time, has insisted that he's back in training and working hard to get back on the pitch.
In fact, the Serie A ace has revealed that he's on course to return for pre-season training, despite recent claims from ex-Roma doctor Mario Brozzi, who suggested that the player's career could in fact be over.
However, Strootman believes that there is light at the end of the tunnel, as he looks to get his career back on track.
"Contrary to reports in the media I am back in training and working hard on my comeback," he posted on his official Twitter account.
"Please don't believe people who have never seen me in their lives, but just follow the social pages of me and AS Roma where we will keep you updated on my progress.
"Just for the record, I'm right on schedule to be back when preseason starts."
It appears, then, that Strootman is on course to return before the start of the 2015/16 season, which may well boost Premier League giants Manchester United.
In fact, the same report from talkSPORT suggested that Brozzi's comments on Strootman put doubt into the player's potential move to Old Trafford, so it appears that the Dutchman could yet move to the Theatre of Dreams.
It would be a risk
There's no doubt about it, though, signing Strootman would prove a major risk for the Red Devils. At the end of the day, the Dutchman hasn't been able to maintain his fitness for over a year now, so may never quite return the same dynamic midfielder.
In all honestly, Van Gaal would probably do better looking elsewhere as he needs a reliable tough-tackling midfielder in the heart of his side. Strootman - when fit - is great, but the Red Devils hierarchy would be wrong to bring him to English soil anytime soon.
Someone in the mould of Morgan Schneiderlin would no doubt prove a better option for United ahead of the summer transfer window.
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