Roma new boy Kevin Strootman admits he didn’t expect to leave PSV Eindhoven in the summer – especially not for €20m.
“PSV sold a lot of players during the last transfer window, but that is not what pushed me away,” the Holland international told Voetbal International.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I would leave.
“But what happened is very simple – I was strongly wanted by Roma and there was instantly a good feeling between us.”
The 23-year-old, formerly of Sparta Rotterdam and Utrecht, has cost the Italian club an initial €16.5m, plus a further €3.5m in bonuses.
“I don’t think PSV ever thought they would get so much for me,” Strootman added.
“Pressure? It’s clear that there is pressure on me – there always is when a player costs so much. You have to perform.”