Strootman quashes Man Utd link

The 24-year-old has repeatedly been mooted as one of the main targets for United boss Louis van Gaal, but with the January transfer window in full operation he has revealed his intentions to repay the faith shown by his current employers.

Strootman told Italia: “I???ve signed up for five years, but so far I???ve only been playing for six or seven months.

“I want to play and help the team. That???s important to me. If I spoke about other clubs that would be disrespectful, and I don???t want to do that.”

The Dutchman was??heavily linked to the Old Trafford team, as well as AC Milan, before moving from PSV Eindhoven to the Giallorossi in July 2013 for ??15.6million.

Strootman returned to competitive Serie A action recently from a serious knee injury picked up in March, which ruled him out of Holland’s run to third place in the World Cup in Brazil.

He added: “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.

“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.”

Van Gaal worked with Strootman during his time in charge of the Dutch national team ahead of his move to Manchester and is believed to rate him highly.

Roma general manager Mauro Baldissoni told Sports News HQ in December: “Strootman??is a young player and we have a very long contract so we want to build our team around him.”

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