Stefan de Vrij
Stefan de Vrij completes Lazio switch.Getty

Netherlands international Stefan de Vrij has revealed there was never any contact from Manchester United after sealing his move to Lazio.

De Vrij starred in Louis van Gaal's Dutch side that finished third in the World Cup in Brazil, prompting speculation the manager would attempt to bring him to Old Trafford in order to address United's lack of options in defence.

Following the completion of his move to the Estadio Olimpico for an undisclosed fee, the 22-year-old revealed he had many offers on the table, but none of which came from the Premier League club.

When asked of contact from other clubs, De Vrij told a press conference: "There have been many, but I do not think it is fair to say who they are. I can say that United was not one of them. Now I am happy to be here.

"This was the only club [Lazio] that before the World Cup has shown a real interest in me. After the World Cup I evaluated other options, but I am happy to be here."

De Vrij's former international coach van Gaal has revealed that a new centre half remains his biggest priority before the start of the new season. The Dutchman has used Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett in his 5-2-3 formation during the club's pre-season tour of the US but admits the losses of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic call for further reinforcements.

"I am looking at the defenders we have first," he said.

"And, when you see our three matches, we are doing well, I think. But it is right that we are looking for defenders, because a lot of defenders have gone.

"We have to replace them but I also like Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett."

United remain heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund star and World Cup winner Mats Hummels, but recent comments from Dortmund officials suggest the club will not contemplate selling the 25-year-old this summer.

Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen would appear to be another candidate for the role.