Kevin Strootman Not For Sale Despite Champions League Exit, Says AS Roma Official

AS Roma general director Mauro Bladissoni has stressed that midfielder Kevin Strootman is not for sale despite his side’s early exit from the Champions League.

The official also noted the Serie A club’s president, James Pallotta, is angered by the constant transfer speculation linking the Dutch international with a move away from the Italian capital.

Earlier today, reports surfaced that Chelsea had tabled a £30 million bid for the midfielder. And the Holland international has been constantly linked with a switch to Manchester United.

Strootman was to be a key figure in Dutch national team’s World Cup campaign this summer before a knee injury ended any chance of the 24-year-old midfielder competing in the tournament. It is widely understood that manager Louis van Gaal rates the Holland international highly and reports state that the United boss has been monitoring the midfielder’s rehabilitation from injury.

Strootman has not featured for Roma since the club’s December 6th match against Sassuolo. He was an unused substitute during the Italian side’s 2-0 Champions League loss to Manchester City last week – the match which saw them eliminated from the competition – and the midfielder remained on the Giallorossi’s bench during their 1-0 win over Genoa this weekend.

The Dutch international joined Roma in the summer of 2013 from PSV Eindhoven and is under contract with the Italian club until June 2018.

In an interview with the Italian radio station Radio Anch’lo Lo Sport, Roma’s general director insisted that his club’s philosophy is not to sell their young talent. He also stated that the Serie A side’s finances will not be effected by their early exit from the Champions League.

“Our president has already spoken about this and he gets angry with the rumors that link him [Strootman] to Manchester United,” Baldissoni said. “Our policy is that of investing in players that have quality but have room for improvement.”

“Kevin is a young player with experience, and we want to build our future with players like him.”

Roma’s general director went on to say: “We were cautious and we did not include the revenue of a possible progression to the last 16 of the Champions League on our books. We nevertheless had high hopes for qualifying from a very difficult group.”

“Hence, we have no need to put our books in order.”

“Everything is correct and we are in no need to sell.”

“We will evaluate the market based on what the team needs from a technical standpoint because our first mission is that of winning games.”

Roma are currently second place in Serie A – trailing league-leading Juventus by a single point after fifteen matches. Their next match will be at home to AC Milan on Saturday, December 20th.

The Giallorossi’s Champions League exit saw them dropped into the Europa League Round of 32 draw earlier today. Roma were drawn against Dutch side Feyenoord, who edged out defending Europa League champions Sevilla for the top spot in Group G of the competition.

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