Strootman’s agent denies United rumors

Kevin Strootman’s agent, Chiel Dekker, spoke today to The Guardian:

“He won’t be back playing until autumn – that’s the time schedule at the moment. He is of interest to Louis van Gaal but not related to Manchester United at this point. Is Van Gaal interested? Could be. But he’s in Rome and he had a terrific season. There has been nothing between the clubs or between Louis and Kevin – they know each other and like each other but at this stage its not related to Man United.”

“Roma do not want to sell. The first thing is it’s all between [the] clubs. And it’s also a very difficult decision because he has to choose between a fantastic club in Rome, a club that bought him and supported him while he was injured and [then] you have his personal coach of the national team at United.”

“A move? The clubs have to decide. He’s very happy at Roma, he’s happy to stay because they play Champions League next season, and happy to recover [from] his injury, so at this stage we are not part of any discussion.”

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.