Roma president plays down rumours of Strootman and Pjanic exit

Roma president James Pallotta has dismissed rumours that Kevin Strootman and Miralem Pjanic are set to leave the Serie A club.

Midfielder Strootman has been a long-time target for Manchester United and a £32m bid, while Pjanic is being linked with a move to Liverpool for £23m.

Pallotta said: “Kevin’s come out and addressed it, saying he likes it in Italy and he has a five-year contract. And by the way, I wasn’t going to sell him anyway!

“The Liverpool thing with Pjanic is the same. We have another four years with him, and we love him.”

Strootman has also denied talk of a move away from the Stadio Olimpico.

He said: “I’ve signed up for five years, but so far I’ve only been playing for six or seven months. I want to play and help the team. That’s important to me.

“If I spoke about other clubs that would be disrespectful, and I don’t want to do that.”

He joined Roma from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in 2013, while Pjanic arrived from French side Bordeaux in 2011, with over 120 appearances for the Giallorossi.


Steve Osborne                             @Pack3rNa7ion

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