Spalletti touts Strootman for greatness

Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti says that Kevin Strootman is an exceptional footballer and could go on to play for the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Since joining the Giallorossi from PSV in 2013, the Netherlands international has formed an integral part of the team, and despite having a rich history of injury problems, Spalletti believes he has what it takes to hold his own amongst the world's best players.

"I think Strootman could play for a team like Barcelona or Bayern Munich," the Italian told UEFA's official website.

"Throw him in there and he would be able to compete. He could play in any one of those teams, which says it all.

"Strootman is an exceptional player and a fantastic man in all respects. You just need to see the desire and emotion he puts into everyday training, not only in matches.

"He really is a team player who helps you set the rhythm and is always ready come Sunday. If you are ready to play, you win; otherwise, you do not know what the result will be.

"Players like Strootman help you feel ready because he goes about his business in the right way. He is a very reliable person, a top player that every team would like to have."