While we continue to ponder the future of Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Luciano Spalletti, we shift our focus to a man who will definitely continue to draw a paycheck in the city of Rome, Kevin Strootman. After 24 hours of pride, sorrow, bitterness and blame (all of which we’ve been party to), the club released some undeniably good news today, a brand new contract for Strootman.
As you can see from Strootman’s Tweet, the Dutch Jesuus has signed a new, five year contract extension, one that will bind him to the club through 2022. For a man who signed with the club in 2013 when he was just 23, this represents a significant commitment, as he’ll be 32-years-old when this deal expires, effectively meaning he’ll spend the bulk of his productive years with Roma.
This extension is special for me, I really want to win something here, and I will do everything I can to achieve that. Everyone at the club was behind me during my injury, and that is another reason I am delighted to stay.
After all the talk yesterday about loyalty and doing “what’s right” (again, to which we were major contributors, mea culpa), this is a significant salve applied to fresh wounds. Strootman represents everything we love and adore about this club—the pride, the passion and the skill—and to wrap him up for five more years, just when he appears to be getting back to form and, dare I say, progressing, is absolutely fantastic news.
Strootman contributed six goals and seven assists in 45 appearances (all comps) in what was a stellar and, quite frankly, unexpected comeback season. If Strootman can continue that good form, he figures to be a pivotal figure for this club over those next five years.
So, hang onto this good news no matter what may come over the next couple days. Strootman is about as Roman as an import can be, so at least we have that to hang onto.