Strootman refuses to close the door on Manchester United move

by Tom Parker

Kevin Strootman has re-affirmed his desire to move away from PSV this summer despite the club standing firm that he will not be sold this year.

The 23-year-old was widely regarded to be likely to leave PSV but the Dutch outfit’s technical director publicly said that Strootman would remain at the club for at least one more year.

Despite PSV’s unwillingness to let him move, Strootman seems to be forcing the issue by stating that several clubs are interested in signing him.

“There are several clubs interested, but only when they reach an agreement with PSV do I come into the picture,” he told Voetbal International.

“This is not to say that any are in the world’s top six.

“There is also interest from Russia, but that is not an option for me. I do not make hasty decisions about my future.

“The opinion of Holland coach Louis van Gaal is also very important with the World Cup in Brazil next year.”

United scout Jim Lawlor was present for Holland’s opening match at the Euro U21 Championships, of which Strootman was skipper, but speculation cooled with United appearing to switch focus to Thiago Alcantara after a bargain release clause became apparent.

In all honesty, Strootman didn’t stand out at the U21 Championships with Holland. His powerful box-to-box game that he showed capably in the Eredivisie wasn’t on show in the competition and he wasn’t that impressive.

I’d much rather United continued their pursuit of Thiago rather than looking at Strootman because of the balance he would provide in the midfield alongside Carrick.

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3 comments

Steve 07/10/2013 - 09:44

we need strootman and thiago to compete at the highest level, simple as that!
if not we are in danger of settling for second best, and maybe third or fourth in the league this year?
we have to keep improving, and keep at the top of our game, you only have to look at the big clubs in Europe, they always buy!

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red astair 07/09/2013 - 16:08

I think the point is that Utd haven’t opened the door to Strootman, which is a pity. We need a tough tackler otherwise as on occasions last season, teams will just plough straight through the middle. Having the philosophy of you score one we’ll score two, is admittedly entertaining, but not necessarily always successful against Europe’s better teams.

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Patrick Ciccu 07/09/2013 - 15:26

we need both Thiago & strootmam it will be a domnant force in midfield we need both players know

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