The rumours of Manchester United’s interest in Kevin Strootman has angered the AS Roma president…
AS Roma’s president has been left furious over the rumours linking Kevin Strootman to Manchester United, according to ITV
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The Serie A side have no desire to sell the Dutch midfielder, but yet have found the player consistently linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico.
Strootman has in particular been tipped to reunite with his former Netherlands international manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, although Roma are keen to keep him in Italy for as long as possible.
“Our [club] president [James Pallotta] has already spoken about this and he gets angry with the rumours that link him [Kevin] to Manchester United,” said Mauro Baldissoni the Roma general director.
“Our policy is that of investing in players that have quality but have room for improvement.
“Kevin is a young player with experience, and we want to build our future with players like him.”
It was thought that following Roma’s exit from the Champions League they would be forced to sell in January, with the failure to qualify from the group stages having huge financial ramifications for the club.
Baldissoni insisted that this was not the case however, and that the Italian side had not counted on having the last 16 money available.
“We were cautious and we did not include the revenue of a possible progression to the last 16 of the Champions League on our books,” he said.
“We nevertheless had high hopes of qualifying from a very difficult group.
“Hence, we have no need to put our books in order.
“Everything is correct and we are no need to sell.”
Manchester United may still look to bring the former PSV Eindhoven man to the Premier League in January, but they may be forced to pay a premium for his services.