Manchester United target not for sale, hints Italian club’s coach

Jedvaj Hazard Strootman

Roma coach Rudi Garcia says that he wants to “keep virtually the whole squad” for next season.

Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Kevin Strootman this summer, but it seems that Roma are not going to let him go without a fight.

The appointment of Louis van Gaal as United manager is said to be the main reason behind the Red Devils’ renewed interest in the 24-year-old midfielder. The Netherlands national team coach has made Strootman one of his key players for the Oranje, although he will miss the World Cup because of a serious knee injury he suffered back in March.

However, that has not decimated the value of the box-to-box midfielder, who joined Roma from PSV Eindhoven only last summer. Until his injury, Strootman was the driving force behind the Giallorossi’s charge towards the Scudetto and was included in HITC’s Serie A Team of the Season.

Roma are now a club who can buy top players and are looking to re-establish themselves as a force in Italy. Under Garcia in 2013-14, the former Italian champions have come on leaps and bounds, and next season they will be determined to break Juventus’ run of three Scudetti in a row.

Garcia would need Strootman to be fully fit for the 2014-15 campaign, as the Netherlands international will be crucial in that objective. Which is why the Frenchman has given a strong hint that he will not sell him or any of his players. In fact, the 50-year-old has said that he will sign players to fill holes in his squad.

‘This group is fantastic and we hope to keep virtually the whole squad’, he told Roma Channel in Orlando, where they are on a post-season tour. ‘We have already started to build the future. (Miralem) Pjanic’s renewal is a good sign for the club because the first job is to keep our players. Then we need to bring in players with experience’.

However, Roma are not averse to selling players if a huge offer is made - Marquinhos was sold to Paris Saint-Germain just last summer. It is clear that the former Italian champions are building a team that can compete with Juventus in the coming years. Strootman was signed with that in mind, but if they make the right offer, then United could get their man.

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