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Walter Sabatini: Our desire is to keep Kevin Strootman


Roma director Walter Sabatini rubbished rumours that the club are ready to sell midfielder Kevin Strootman during the January transfer window.

Reports in England suggest that the 24-year-old is ready to join Louis van Gaal at Manchester United but Sabatini rejected the rumours.

The midfielder is expected to return from injury in November with Sabatini saying he will be like a new signing when he resumes training.

"Oh, certainly, he will be like a new signing," Sabatini said in today's press conference.

"We struggled after his injury because he's an extraordinary player.

"Our desire is to keep Kevin, he's one of our strengths.

"He's not for sale, of course, we want him at Roma forever but I don't know what might happen in the future."

Despite saying the player was not for sale, the Giallorossi sold defender Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich during the summer transfer window.

But Sabatini said important offers cannot be always ignored.

"If I say the player is not for sale it's because we're not considering selling the player," Sabatini added.

"But one reflects in front of unpredictable circumstances.

"The club always knows who is for sale, so do Milan and Juventus.

"But the transfer market is not determined exclusively by what we want."

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