“Hands off Strootman”, United told to drop their interest

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Manchester United transfer target, Kevin Strootman has been heavily linked with a January move to Old Trafford, however, the Italian side have since laid down their authority and insist he is not for sale.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Roma

Mauro Baldissoni told Sky Sports News HQ: “This is something I’m reading every day. It is also something our president doesn’t like to read every day. “He made a statement a few weeks ago saying Kevin was not for sale but, to be fair, we haven’t received any call from Manchester. We do not plan to sell him.”

Asked if the club would consider or need to sell Strootman to van Gaal’s United following their exit from Europe’s top tier competition, Baldissoni said, “I don’t have a clue. This is something you should ask Van Gaal or Mr (Ed) Woodward but we don’t think we will sell our best players. Kevin is also young, not only a good player, he is a young player and we have a very long contract so we want to build our team around him.”

With Strootman apparently off the radar, will Van Gaal and United listen or will they merely take it as a pinch of salt and continue their pursuit of the highly rated Ducthman?