Manchester United target Kevin Strootman dismisses talk of Roma exit

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Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has moved to quash reports that he is edging towards a switch to Manchester United.

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has ruled out leaving the Serie A giants this month, despite on-going reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Strootman, 24, has been mooted as one of the targets for United boss Louis van Gaal since his former national team manager’s arrival at Old Trafford last summer, but the Netherlands international has now reiterated his commitment to his current club.

"I've signed up for five years but so far I've only been playing for six or seven months,” he told Sky Italia. “I want to play and help the team. If I spoke about other clubs that would be disrespectful, and I don't want to do that.”

Strootman returned to action for Roma in November after eight months out with a torn cruciate ligament which forced him to miss the World Cup, and the former PSV star has since made four appearances for Rudi Garica’s side.

"I worked for eight months to come back. I played against Sassuolo and I wasn't good, then I came on against [CSKA] Moscow and wasn't right,” he added.

“After the winter break I've been training with more confidence, I feel better physically and I'm returning to 100 per cent. I'm not there yet, but I'm coming back."

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