Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has poured cold water on the rumours surrounding a possible deal with Manchester United for star midfielder Kevin Strootman.
The Dutch international is currently out on the side-lines due to a long-term knee injury sustained in March but a January move to the Red Devils has been touted heavily in the media.
United boss Louis van Gaal is a big fan of the tough-tackling midfielder and often deployed him as a box-to-box midfielder during Holland’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
With United needing to bolster their midfield ranks, the British media have often put two and two together and concluded that a January move for the 24-year-old is almost a foregone conclusion.
Quoted by the French publication Le10sport, however, Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has rubbished such reports and maintained that their star player is going nowhere.
“All the rumours that come out in the British press make me laugh. One day they are talking about a €38 million January bid, another they talk of a summer transfer. But I repeat, there has never been a question whether he would leave.”
He added: “He is one of our most important players and his absence hinders us. He is going to return soon and when he does I’m sure we will be stronger.”
Strootman has often been compared to former Old Trafford hero Roy Keane for his aggressive style of play and tactical discipline.
Last season, he netted five goals in 25 Serie A appearances as he helped the Giallorossi compete with Juventus for the title.