Kevin Strootman has confirmed that Marseille have told him he can leave the club this summer.

The midfielder joined Marseille from Roma on a five-year deal last summer for a fee of around €25 million. However, his first season in France was not a success and the club missed out on Champions League football.

With Marseille looking to rebuild this summer they need to get the 29-year-old off their wage bill.

Strootman confirmed this in conversation with AD, “We did not achieve European football, while they based themselves on Champions League football at Marseille. So in a conversation the president has open and frankly: you are an expensive force and without Champions League that is difficult for us.

“They want to get rid of me, is the message. But I signed a five-year contract last summer and Marseille paid a high transfer fee to AS Roma at the time, so it won’t be that clubs charge me for an apple to take over. It remains to be seen what the market will do and how it will continue. “

Strootman is not focusing on a return to the Eredivisie and would prefer to leave Marseille on a permanent deal, “I have not thought of the Eredivisie yet. And my preference is not in a rental. I prefer selling.”

Strootman has been linked with Manchester United and Everton by Sky Sports.

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