Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij has put to bed rumours suggesting a possible switch to Manchester United may be on the cards.
The Dutchman worked alongside Louis van Gaal for the national team at the 2014 World Cup and de Vrij was hugely impressive in the tournament. His stellar performances came at a time when Man United were crying out for a new centre-back and his relationship with van Gaal often meant he was believed to be on the manager’s radar.
However, the 23-year-old has now quashed any claims that he was ever close to transfer to Old Trafford. United went on to sign Marcos Rojo after the World Cup but de Vrij’s name seems to keep popping up. The centre-back is ignoring the reports and is focused on his job with Lazio.
De Vrij told Il Messaggero: “I want to win with Lazio.
“People often associate me with Manchester United because Louis van Gaal is there, but I want to win with Lazio. All the Dutch players seem to be linked with them at the moment, but there was never anything in it.”
The likes of Bruno Martins Indi and Jordy Clasie are other names that have popped up since van Gaal took over the United job, as more and more Dutch players are linked with the club.
It seems as if de Vrij was just another one of those rumours that had nothing substantial behind it. Even though United would do well to secure the signing of a central defender, it is evident that de Vrij will not be that player. Supporters will hope that van Gaal has something up his sleeve in order to provide more cover for Chris Smalling and Daley Blind in the middle of the back four.