The 29-year-old Netherlands intentional defensive midfielder has revealed that he has been told by his club Marseille that he will have to leave due to financial reasons.
“We didn't get European football, while at Marseille they went out for the Champions League," Strootman told Algemeen Dagblad, as translated by Goal.com. ”So the president said in an open and fair conversation: 'You are an expensive force and without the Champions League it's difficult for us'.
"They want to get rid of me, is the message. But I signed a five-year contract last summer and Marseille have paid a big transfer fee to Roma, so it's not like clubs can take me for a very low price. We have to wait to see what happens in the market and how it will go."
Strootman has had injury issues in recent years, and the Dutchman is not the player he was in his initial years at AS Roma.
There is no doubt that the defensive midfielder remains a quality footballer, but there will be doubts whether he can play consistently well in a tough league such as the Premier League.
The Netherlands international defensive midfielder also played five times in the Europa League for Marseille, according to WhoScored.
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