Van Gaal refuses to rule out bid for Roma midfielder Strootman

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman missed the World Cup with the Netherlands because of a cruciate ligament injury. 

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Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out making a bid for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.


The new Manchester United manager coached Strootman in his role as Netherlands boss and would have taken him to the World Cup but for a cruciate ligament injury suffered in March.

Strootman is still sidelined by that knee injury, and Roma boss Rudi Garcia said on Friday he expects the 24-year-old to remain in Italy this season.

But, ahead of United’s friendly with Roma in the United States, van Gaal, who has been linked with a number of high-profile midfielders, would not rule out moving for the player in the future.

He said: "I never say anything about individual players – it’s my vision that we have to be about the team and not individual players.

"Other players, not at Manchester United, I can’t judge – I am not there. Strootman I can judge, but he has been injured for more than six months.

"We have to wait and see how he comes back. It’s not so easy to come back out of an injury, so we’ll wait and see."