Strootman: I need time on the pitch

Kevin Strootman hopes that his return to fitness will help Roma challenge for the Scudetto, but insists that he cannot be regarded as an important player yet. 

Along with Napoli, Luciano Spalletti's side are the only team to regularly pose a threat to Serie A giants Juventus. Last season the Giallorossi finished in third position and the two seasons before in second spot.

Strootman will be hoping to put his two years on the sidelines behind him and contribute to his team's Scudetto push, but admits that the current Italian champions have a very strong squad.

"Juve have won the League five times in a row, but we have to concentrate on our matches," the 26-year told reporters at a press conference. "We only play two games against Juventus and we have to do well.

"They have a great squad but Roma must always fight for the Scudetto," he added

"I’ve played five matches in the past two years, I haven’t been able to help the team but they’ve still done well.

"I don’t want to talk about leaders or anything, I just want to play and stay at 100 per cent. I have to play a lot more games to be considered important," he said about suggestions that his return could be regarded as a replacement for the Miralem Pjanic, who left the club for Juventus recently.

"I feel good, but I have to get back in shape by playing. The doctors did a great job with my knee. My role isn’t important, if the Coach puts my in attack or defence I’ll be playing.

"A renewal? My lawyer is speaking with Roma, but not to extend the contract right away. We have a good relationship, Roma have always supported me and now I want to focus on them.

"There are still two years on the contract."