Kevin Strootman's Agent Deals Blow to Manchester United Transfer Hopes

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

BERGAMO, ITALY - DECEMBER 01:  Kevin Strootman of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and AS Roma at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on December 1, 2013 in Bergamo, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's reported interest in luring Kevin Strootman to Old Trafford looks set to once again be misplaced after the player's agent confirmed he isn't looking to leave Roma.

As noted by Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports, Chiel Dekker has confirmed his client's plans on staying in the Italian capital for some time:

"Kevin is very happy in Rome and his intention is to stay here for a long time. They have started a project and a new team and he has adapted well to his new club."

United, which were previously linked with the Dutch international during the summer, were rumoured to have reignited their interest in the impressive 23-year-old, per Steve Bates of Mirror Football.

The former PSV Eindhoven midfielder headed to Serie A during the previous transfer window, where he has quickly become an important part of Rudi Garcia's plans.

The capital-based side were top of the domestic division until just a few weeks back, their run of four draws allowing Juventus to gain the advantage, per

Strootman is a hard-working defensive midfielder, the kind of talent United absolutely need. Gifted with a well-rounded game, the experienced player is capable of tackling ferociously, playing key passes and dominating in the air.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  (L-R) Unused squad mambers Alexander Buettner, Marouane Fellaini  and Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on
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With three goals and five assists in 14 Serie A appearances, Strootman hasn't taken long to impose himself on the league.

David Moyes' failure to capture the player underlined a summer of transfer disappointments for the Red Devils, which only managed to bring in Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million.

The Belgian is yet to make a positive impression at Old Trafford and is a constant reminder that the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira could have joined Strootman at the club, per ESPN.

While United fans would understandably have little hope of signing Strootman so soon after he joined Roma, Dekker's comments arrive before the rumour can progress into false hope, a feeling that crippled Moyes' opening transfer window as boss.