Kevin Strootman admits AS Roma had a clear run at him this summer.

The new Roma midfielder arrived from PSV Eindhoven last month.

"No side seriously came forward for me apart from Roma," he said. "I also asked [former Milan midfielder] Mark Van Bommel and [ex-Roma 'keeper] Maarten Stekelenburg for information.

"I'm happy to be here and I like the project at this club.

"I know that the last two seasons have not gone well, but I can't wait to get started. We already had a strong squad, but now Maicon, Benatia and Gervinho have joined me here too."

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