AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia brushed over questions regarding the future of Kevin Strootman by insisting Roma president James Pallotta has already answered them.
Strootman’s cruciate knee injury ruled Louis van Gaal out of making any move for the Dutchman this summer but a January move could be on the cards as Strootman is expected to be playing again in December.
Despite the anticipated interest, Garcia dismissed any rumours: “You will have to ask my president. He is here I think he has answered.”
Garcia is referring to Pallotta’s recent comments on Strootman where he labelled all reports linking the midfielder with United as a waste of paper.
“There has been non stop reporting in UK newspapers about Kevin Strootman and Manchester United,” he said.
“Kevin Strootman is not for sale and has never ever been discussed, in that vein at Rome. They are wasting paper.
“We consider Kevin an integral, highly valued partner in our long term plans.”
While a central midfielder was certainly the prerogative in the summer, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind have brought a touch of class into that area for United and the focus has switched to defence as a world class centre back is desperately needed.
Of course, that doesn’t mean a move for Strootman is completely off the cards given Van Gaal’s affection for the Dutch midfielder but it’s unlikely a big money move for a central midfielder is now top of Van Gaal’s priority list.