Strootman’s move to Manchester United ruled out by PSV

by Sam Peoples

We do not want to lose Strootman this summer. He knows that he will stay at PSV for another season.” Marcel Brands, PSV technical director

Kevin Strootman will not be leaving PSV this summer according to the club’s technical director Marcel Brands.

The 23-year-old had long been linked with a move to Manchester United but due to player exits already from PSV this summer, it seems the Dutch club have no intention of letting their star midfielder go.

“The departure of Lens and Pieters we factored, but the transfer of Mertens was certainly not planned,” Brands told De Telegraaf.

“We do not want to lose Strootman this summer. He knows that he will stay at PSV for another season.”

Rumours of an impending move to England had been strong over the past year with the likes of Edwin van der Sar and current manager Dick Advocaat both giving their own recommendation for his move across the pond.

“He is focused on England because that would suit his style. He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level.” Chiel Dekker

While Strootman always remained tight lipped on a potential move, his agent Chiel Dekker stated that he had a real desire to play in the Premier League this season but PSV’s desire to hold onto him may block his move away from the club.

Strootman was believed by many to be the perfect player to help United’s lacking midfield but it seems that he may stay in the Eredivisie for at least one more season.

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