‘Kevin Won’t Be Going To United’
Reports this morning claimed that Manchester United are already preparing their opening bid for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman. But the Serie A side’s president James Pallotta has once again ruled out a move away from the club for the Netherlands international.
Italian agent Matteo Materazzi suggested this morning that United were “one step away” from signing Strootman and were prepared to pay £32million for the 25-year-old. But Pallotta said that in a season where Roma are challenging Juventus for the Serie A title, it was vital the club held on to their best players.
“It has too bad we have had so many injuries,” Pallotta told Radio Roma after it was revealed that the city authorities in Rome have given the go-ahead for the club’s new stadium.
“Without injuries to [defender Leandro] Castan and Strootman we would be first.”
He added: “I should mention that Kevin will not be going to United. We will continue to fight for the league title and the Champions League in the coming years.”
United were linked with Strootman during the summer, but he was still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury that prematurely ended his season in 2013-14.
He has since been restored to the Roma side but has been mainly used as a substitute. Of the six Serie A squads in which he has been named this season he hasn’t got off the bench in four of them and has just 68 minutes of football under his belt spread over three matches.
A Manchester United transfer looks unlikely in January. United will feel they have a better chance in the summer as Strootman gets more game time under his belt, but it is clear that Roma see him as an integral part of their squad in the coming seasons.