Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Strootman staying put at Roma

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Roma boss Rudi Garcia has ruled out the possibility of Kevin Strootman leaving Italy for Manchester United.

United are understood to retain an interest in Strootman and reports in Italy claim the 20-time English champions have bid at least £30m for the Holland midfielder, but Garcia insists the 24-year-old is going nowhere.

"Strootman is a Roma player. He will be a Roma player this year. There is no doubt about that," Garcia said on the eve of Roma's friendly against United in Denver.

"Only he can say whether he wants to stay but it was never an issue for him to go to another club. There is no question of it."

New United manager Louis van Gaal knows Strootman well from his time as Holland coach. However, Van Gaal had to do without the midfielder at the World Cup as he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in March.

United would need to confirm the player, who moved to Roma from PSV Eindhoven last summer, had made a full recovery before launching any bid.

Strootman is currently training in Boston, where Roma played Liverpool earlier this week and will, therefore, not turn out against United tonight.

"Strootman is following a normal recovery programme, he has stayed in Boston to work with our physios," Garcia added. "He will start running any time soon."

United are set to come up against a familiar face at the Sports Authority Field in the mid-west state of Colorado.

Ashley Cole has been included in the Roma squad following his free transfer from Chelsea.

Cole is expected to play against United, but he may not complete the whole game.

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