Roma's Kevin Strootman: I would never join Juventus like Miralem Pjanic
Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has promised he would never leave the club to sign for Serie A champions Juventus, like former teammate Miralem Pjanic did earlier this summer.
Pjanic signed with the five-time defending league champs for €32 million after exercising a clause in his Roma contract which enabled him to leave the club for a pre-agreed fee.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, the 26-year-old Strootman said a similar move to Turin was out of the question.
“I would never join Juventus like Pjanic,” the Netherlands international said.
“Juventus have won the league five times, the last two quite easily, and they’re signing some great players, but we have to focus on winning our own games.
“Roma must challenge for the Scudetto. We only play Juventus twice a year in the league. They have a great team but Roma should always be in the mix for the title.”
Reports have suggested Strootman is on the verge of signing a contract extension with Roma. His current deal expires at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
“My agent is talking to Roma, not so much about extending my contract straight away, but we’re on good terms,” Strootman said.
“I’ve told the management that I just want to focus on playing for now, not my contract.
“I’ve always had the club’s support and I want to concentrate on being important for this team.”
The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.
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