Despite honouring him with the Dutch international captaincy after Robin van Persie was substituted in the recent friendly draw with Ecuador, Louis van Gaal has reportedly turned down the opportunity to have Stefan de Vrij line up for Manchester United next season.
The highly-rated Feyenoord defender is apparently available for the knock-down price of £6.5million and would appear to be good early business for the North-West giants but it looks like the 22-year-old Dutch stopper’s future lies in Rome with Lazio.
Just over a month ago the Mirror. quoted Feyenoord’s technical director Martin van Geel as saying no decision will be made with regard to de Vrij’s future until after the World Cup has finished. Or certainly Holland’s participation in it.
Louis van Gaal’s snub appears to have moved discussions further forward though.
The legendary 62-year-old manager obviously rates de Vrij but has clearly separated his needs on the international stage from his requirements at Old Trafford.
Perhaps he thinks that de Vrij will find it difficult to adapt quickly to the rigours of the Premier League? And he knows he needs to get results fast in 2014/15.
Perhaps van Gaal is deep in discussion regarding two or three other signings who he feels are a better fit and truly ready for a big club like United?
Perhaps he doesn’t want to move on any of his Dutch players before the World Cup because he doesn’t want to upset the Dutch camp?
All the signals point to the fact that van Gaal clearly has a plan in place for United and his international vice captain does not play a part in it.
Not this season anyway.
De Vrij apparently agreed personal terms with Serie A heavyweights Lazio last week and will likely close the deal before a World Cup ball is kicked.