Kevin Strootman
AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman still a January target for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal Getty

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has dropped his biggest hint yet in suggesting he will not push for a move to Manchester United during the January transfer window.

United remain heavily linked with a move for the Dutch international whose cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in March prevented Louis van Gaal from lodging a bid for his services for the summer.

Strootman has however returned to first-team action and despite repeated claims from the Roma hierarchy that the player is not for sale, he remains a target for the resurgent Old Trafford club.

But the 24-year-old midfielder has indicated his focus heading into the second half of the season is completely on Roma as he looks ahead to a return to his homeland after the Giallorossi were drawn against Feyenoord in the Europa League last 32.

"I cannot wait to play in the two games against them [Feyenoord] in February," Strootman wrote via his Facebook page.

"They are a young and talented team and have managed to qualify from a difficult group."

Earlier this week, Roma CEO Mauro Baldissoni hit out over continued speculation linking the Dutch midfielder will a move to Old Trafford.

With club owner James Palotta having already told reporters that not even an offer of £75m would be enough to prise the player away from the Stadio Olimpico, Baldissoni condemned fresh reports and insisted Strootman remains integral to the club's plans.

"Strootman? We have already expressed our position," Baldissoni told Radio Anch'lo Sport. "Our president [James Pallotta] gets angry on a daily basis over reports that we want to close the sale to Manchester United.

"Our policy is to invest in quality players who have room for improvement. Kevin is a young player, experienced, and we want to bass our future on players like him."